VIA Rail Canada, the Canadian national passenger rail system, improved efficiency when the Canadian government dramatically reduced rail subsidies, forcing VIA to improve operations or go out of business. The railroad opted for the former, and today it carries more passengers than a decade ago, but at a per passenger mile subsidy two-thirds less than what it was in 1990.
IF A city goes to the bother of regulating its taxi industry, it should presumably have the interest of residents at heart. How then, to explain the system in New York?
Fewer Canadians are taking the bus. Before mass transit reaches the end of the line, we should look at solutions that have worked elsewhere. The demographic indicators are not favourable. Our cities are dispersing, as more people choose the suburban …
It’s really recognizing what the public sector and private sector are best at. The public sector is best at specifying what it needs in terms of funding, controlling, coordinating and the private sector are best at driving efficiencies in operations and improving customer service.
It is one of the Chretien government’s least talked about policy successes. The renaissance of the Canadian National Railway offers a unique object lesson in good public policy. Taking the CNR out of the public sector allowed it to jump onto the success track.
One of the Chrétien government’s least talked about successes, the renaissance of the Canadian National Railway offers a unique object lesson in good public policy.
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