Trains

What's killing passenger rail in Canada? A lack of funding or sense of urgency

What's killing passenger rail in Canada? A lack of funding or sense of urgency

A big problem is that Via owns only 186 of the 1,099 kilometres that it operates in the Corridor โ€” a term the organisation uses to classify service stretching from Windsor and Sarnia in the east all the way to Quebec City. Thatโ€™s a lot of train service to be running on track it doesnโ€™t own โ€” the small areas it does are the Chatham-Windsor and Brockville-Smith Falls-Ottawa-Coteau stretches. Thatโ€™s great for passengers travelling short distances, but for trips from Toronto to Montreal, Kingston or London, Via is completely at the mercy of CN, and it knows it.

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Train crash in South Carolina highlights the need for positive train control

Train crash in South Carolina highlights the need for positive train control

In another incident, an Amtrak train was diverted to a side track and crashed into an empty freight train in South Carolina, injuring 116 people and killing two employees. Had positive train control been turned on, this accident could have been avoided.

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