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VIA Rail

Via Rail Canada (; generally shortened to Via Rail or Via; styled corporately as VIA Rail Canada) is an independent crown corporation offering intercity passenger rail services in Canada. Via Rail operates 497 trains per week in eight Canadian provinces (exceptions are Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island) over a network of of track, almost all of which is owned and operated by CN Rail. Via Rail carries approximately 4.1 million passengers annually, These increases proved temporary: by 1977 total ridership had dropped beneath five million. The decline of passenger rail became a federal election issue in 1974 when the government of Pierre Trudeau promised to implement a nationwide carrier similar to Amtrak in the United States.