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Responsible Travel Stay connected on the train
Family relaxation aboard VIA train.
By Jane Stokes
(NC)-Gas-guzzling automobiles spew untold carbon emissions into the air and on web sites like carbonneutral.com, it is an unsettling exercise to calculate the pollution of one's own car.
So how do we lower the impact of our domestic travel? Unless your mode on the road is a vehicle that uses natural gas, electric, or hybrid-electric technology, consider chucking the highways, in favour of the rails.
By factoring in load and distance, studies show that well-operated trains can take passengers to destinations with up to 10 times less emissions than other transportation. And in Canada, VIA Rail (viarail.com) has upped the ante, especially for business travellers.
VIA reports to be the first North American rail carrier to offer on-board, pay-per-use wireless access to the Internet aboard its trains in the Quebec City-to-Windsor corridor, including Ottawa. This development has made the corridor a very active hotspot indeed.
A good many riders enjoy the train experience because it's time to call their own. Many others want to jump on the train, continue their business, their research and communications, and get off at their destination with a lot of work done. Here are some highlights on a sample Toronto-to-Montreal run:
• Compared to driving, traffic, flying, and airports, train travel is effortless and stress-free, city-to-city travel.
• The First-Class carriage for its service, comfort, legroom, seat recline, plus meal and bar service is worth every extra dime.
• For Internet access, all you need is a wireless-enabled laptop or handheld device with the Wi-Fi switch at the "on" position. A Wi-Fi icon will appear at the bottom right-hand side of your screen. Launch your preferred web navigator and once you set up your fee option following cyberspace conditions, you will automatically be connected to the railway's Internet portal.
• In Toronto, a Four Seasons experience is top of the line. The Royal York and Toronto Hilton are favourites and there are many more choices at torontotourism.com.
• In Montreal (tourism-montreal.org), treat yourself to the city's finest boutique hotel, Le Germain (hotelgermain.com) located on Rue Mansfield, just a few blocks from Central Station. Gracious, personalized service, exquisitely appointed rooms and suites - including goose down duvets and pillows to give you the best sleep ever - plus complimentary Internet access and a deluxe continental breakfast, is just a small glimpse of the entire experience.
• The Montreal Museum Pass (museesmontreal.org) gives you unlimited entry to 32 of the city's museums and major attractions for $45. With transportation included it's $50. The passes are valid for three consecutive days within a three- week period.