VIA Rail Canada Inc

VIA Rail Canada Inc was established as a Crown Corporation in 1978 after a brief history as a CN subsidiary. Financed by the federal government, it operates all intercity passenger railway services in Canada. The corporation's board of directors reports to Transport Canada.

In 1981 VIA cancelled or reduced numerous routes in an attempt to make passenger service more efficient. Services in parts of the country were seriously affected and the Liberal government was widely criticized. A nonconfidence vote over the issue in October 1981 was won by the government. Many of the services were reinstated by the new Conservative government elected in 1984. With head offices in Montréal, in 1999 VIA Rail operated some 14 000 km of track running over 400 trains weekly and carried over 3.8 million passengers.

See also Railways, Contemporary.