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VIA Rail Special 150 passes sold out amid high demandIndia Blooms News Service
This special 150 Youth Pass Program allows youths between 12 to 25 years to enjoy an unlimited travel this year.
According to a press release, VIA claims this exciting new offer will add a new edge for the Canadian youths in Canada to celebrate the country’s 150th year of confederation by travelling from coast to coast of Canada.
This luxury of unlimited travelling by rail for young people during the month of July costs only $150. The interest in this offer was unprecedented.
VIA Rail, originally planned to make 1,867 passes available but due to the incredible demand, they extended the offer past the original commitment. More than 4,000 Canadians purchased passes and all these passes will be honored to travel across Canada claims VIA.
The unprecedented flow of net traffic which is more than five times of the normal volume to avail the once in lifetime offer crashed the site, causing extended wait times for their customers.
There was also a scramble among the customers to correlate between unlimited passes and the number of trips as unlimited, admits VIA.
Finally, Via Rail tweeted around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday morning saying “all available passes had been sold”.
Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau said,“VIA Rail allows Canadians to discover the country and travel to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Government of Canada is proud to participate in initiatives that contribute to making 2017 an exceptional and memorable year!”
(Reporting Suman Das)