Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Via Rail Website Derails for Youth Trying to Buy Pass for Unlimited Rides in July

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Via Rail Website Derails for Youth Trying to Buy Pass for Unlimited Rides in July

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Via Rail website derails for youth trying to buy $150 pass

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TORONTO - "High demand" derailed sales of a $150 youth pass for unlimited travel across Canada in July, Via Rail said Wednesday.

The Canada 150 Youth Pass, which is intended to coincide with celebrations in honour of the country's sesquicentennial, went on sale Tuesday. But the company said sales were temporarily suspended "due to high demand" and because of "technical difficulties with the online booking engine."

"Via Rail's technical teams are working to find the source of the problem," wrote Mariam Diaby, senior adviser of media relations, in an email to The Canadian Press.

The spokeswoman did not answer questions about how many of the passes would be available or have been sold so far. She also did not say whether they could be purchased at rail stations during the disruption. …

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