|Inside VIA Rail passenger rail car - photo copyright Paul Langan|
One thing is constant in Canada - we never really move forward to having a truly modern passenger rail system. Periodically the government invests in rolling stock for VIA Rail but then it is back to the ‘same old, same old’. That is: slow trains, high fare prices, and the absence of safety requirements that are mandatory in other countries.
The federal government has recently given money ($1billion plus) to VIA Rail to update their aging fleet of passenger rail vehicles. Just like the previous 2002-2003 federal government VIA Rail Renaissance Funding, this funding is heralded as modernizing VIA Rail service. It remains to be seen if Canada can ever have a modern passenger rail system. Read the rest of the article HERE