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Plata region, Aerolineas Argentinas, railroad tunnel, navigable rivers, combined length

The entire Argentine railroad system was owned and operated by the government from 1948 until 1992, when portions of the rail system were privatized. By 1994, most of the state-owned rail network had been privatized. The system has a total length of 34,059 km (21,163 mi). Two different gauges are used. Two lines crossing the Andes provide a connection with points in Chile; railroad links also connect Argentina with Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil. As a result of privatization, service to some areas of the country is unavailable.

Aerolineas Argentinas was the national airline until it was privatized in 1990. There are also several smaller, internal airlines. About 11,000 km (about 6,800 mi) of waterways are provided by navigable rivers, especially those in the Rio de la Plata region. The combined length of all roads and highways is 215,471 km (133,887 mi). A railroad tunnel through the Andes has provided facilities for motor vehicles since its expansion in 1940. In 1998 there were 140 passenger cars for every 1,000 people in Argentina.

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