North America (Change)

The announcement this week by the federal government of Via Rail’s high frequency rail initiative in the heavily populated Quebec-Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto corridor, marks the first time in many years that a new intercity passenger rail line will be inaugurated.

Since 1960, the vast cross-Canada passenger rail network largely built by Canadian Pacific Railway and several companies that the federal government took over in 1919 to create Canadian National Railway, has been gradually reduced, even after Ottawa established Via Rail in 1977. Large swaths of the country have been left to rely on other transport modes, something that has been further diminished with the recent cessation of intercity bus service, offered by Greyhound.

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