VIA Rail Canada operates the national passenger rail service on behalf of the Government of Canada. An independent Crown Corporation established in 1977, the corporation provides travellers with safe, efficient and and cost-effective passenger transportation in the country's two official languages. VIA consistently ranks as one of the most trusted transportation companies in Canada. In Leger Marketing’s 2013 Top 100 Companies in Canada survey, VIA outranked every other transportation company.
VIA Rail operates almost 500 trains weekly on 12,500 kilometres of track, and serves 450 communities across the country, from coast to coast and north to Hudson Bay. VIA carried nearly four million passengers in 2012.
VIA's fleet includes 396 passenger cars and 78 active locomotives. In addition to 159 railway stations, VIA operates four modern maintenance facilities, and employs some 2,600 people. While VIA owns 223 kilometres of track, most of the infrastructure used by the passenger service is owned and managed by the freight railways, including ten different national and short-line operators.