The government of Argentina owned and operated the entire Argentine railroad system from 1948 until 1992, when it privatized most of the rail system. By 1994 the government had privatized most of the state-owned freight rail network and transferred several of the intercity passenger services to provincial control. The system has a total length of 35,753 km (22,216 mi). Only one functioning line crosses the Andes, providing a connection with northern Chile; railroad links also connect Argentina with Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil, although direct services are not possible because of differences in operating gauges. As a result of privatization, passenger service in many areas of the country is no longer available.
Aerolíneas Argentinas, once the national airline and now part of Spain’s Iberia Airlines, is Argentina’s largest air carrier. It operates flights within Argentina and to international destinations. There are also several smaller, domestic airlines. Argentina has about 11,000 km (about 6,800 mi) of waterways along navigable rivers, especially those in the Paraná region. The most important waterway development project in the region is the Hidrovía system, which links waterways in the Pantanal lowlands of Brazil with the Paraguay, Paraná, and Uruguay river systems.
The combined length of all roads and highways is 400,000 km (248,548 mi).
A variety of private companies operate toll roads throughout Argentina, with freeways located primarily in and around the Buenos Aires metropolitan region. In 1998 there were 140 passenger cars for every 1,000 people in Argentina.
A network of private buses, subways, and suburban railroads serves the Buenos Aires metropolitan area. Both the subway and railroad systems have been privatized, and improvements in service frequency and quality have led increasing numbers of passengers to use public transportation. No other city in Argentina has a suburban rail or subway system. "Argentina" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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