Via Rail

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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