Transportation

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  Transportation in Newfoundland and Labrador has evolved a great deal throughout the 20th century. At the turn of the century, the major way of transportation in Newfoundland and Labrador was by sea. Built in the late 1890's, the Reid Newfoundland Railway, or the "Newfie Bullet", as it became known during World War II, became a tremendous advantage to travelers in getting from one end of the province to the other. But in 1968, the Newfoundland railway closed down due to the growing popularity and use of the Trans Canada Highway. Travelling across the province in a car was faster than going across on the train. In late 1968, the "Roadcruiser" bus service was introduced and used quite a bit as well. Between 1949 and 1968, the number of motor vehicles in Newfoundland and Labrador made more than a 900% increase, and the amount of paved roads went from 121 miles to 1168 miles. Newfoundland and Labrador has always played a vital role in aviation history. Today, near the end of the 20th century, transportation by air is an extremely important means of getting around.

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