Our national public passenger rail system, VIA Rail, continues to suffer due to a lack in long-term government funding and investments, no legislative mandate and outdated equipment and infrastructure.
The elimination of routes and reduced frequency of service means that Canadians have fewer accessible transportation options, particularly in remote communities.
Further, the need to share tracks and give priority right of way access to freight is resulting in delays that can often stretch into days.
While countries, such as the U.S. and U.K., are making significant, historic investments in improving and enhancing their national passenger rail networks, Canada continues to slip further behind.
Canadians need a modern, affordable, reliable and safe passenger rail service. These investments can generate significant social, economic and environmental benefits.