Cashless trains will leave you thirsty and hungry

Canadians relying on Via Rail to get home for the holidays may need to double-check what they’re packing in their wallet.

At the end of October, the passenger rail service started rolling out a new cashless  policy on several routes.

That means travellers on the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, the Ocean, between Halifax and Montreal, and other regional trains can only buy food or beverages on board with a credit card.

Passengers were informed of the change during the ticket purchasing process, but as the holiday travel season starts to ramp up, it’s taken a number of customers by surprise. Many have taken  to Twitter to air out  their grievances.

Emily Plunkett is among them. Plunkett was travelling from Ottawa to Kingston on Nov. 16 when she encountered the new policy.

Plunkett says she rides Via Rail about once a year, typically between Ottawa and Sarnia to visit family during the holidays.

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