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Getting on board or running off the rails? : the past, and some possible futures, of passenger rail in Canada.

Author: Unifor (Organization),
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Unifor, Beaconsfield, Quebec : Canadian Electronic Library, [2013] 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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1. Introduction -- 2. Passenger rail in historical and international context -- 3. Cataloguing cutbacks: Via Rail on the sacrificial altar (again) -- 4. "Doing less with less": the government-managementapproach to Via Rail -- 5. Some benefits of passenger rail -- 6. Revitalizing passenger rail -- 7. Conclusion and action plan -- 8. Bibliography.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Unifor (Organization),
OCLC Number: 896861944
Notes: "November 2013."
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Description: 1 online resource (18 pages) : colour illustrations
Other Titles: Past, and some possible futures, of passenger rail in Canada
Sommes-nous sur la bonne voie ou en voie de dérailler? : le passé et le possible avenir des service ferroviaires voyageurs au Canada
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1. Introduction -- 2. Passenger rail in historical and international context -- 3. Cataloguing cutbacks: Via Rail on the sacrificial altar (again) -- 4. "Doing less with less": the government-managementapproach to Via Rail -- 5. Some benefits of passenger rail -- 6. Revitalizing passenger rail -- 7. Conclusion and action plan -- 8. Bibliography.

"In June of 2012, Via Rail management announced cutbacks in both employment and train frequency. Earlier that year, the Government of Canada announced (through its omnibus budget bill) another round of cutbacks in Via Rail's public funding. The cutbacks by the Harper Conservatives threaten the viability of passenger rail in Canada. This paper will catalogue the cutbacks, put them in historical and international context and then sketch a possible future for rail passenger renewal in Canada. We believe that the decline of passenger rail is neither desirable nor inevitable. We think it's time for a fresh approach to the funding and organization of Via Rail. The revitalization of passenger rail will require leadership from government, vision from management and cooperation from the employees who actually move people"--

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