Swiss Complete Digging on Rail Tunnel

Friday, October 15, 2010

Workers celebrate the breakthrough of the second shaft of Gotthard Tunnel in Sedrun, Switzerland, on October 15, 2010. (Samy Golay/TiPress/Getty Images/Getty)

Switzerland is celebrating the completion of drilling on what will become the world's longest rail tunnel.

The more than 35-mile Gotthard Base Tunnel runs across the Swiss Alps. In a statement, project officials said they hope to open the tunnel to traffic in 2017, and envision it as a central hub in a modernized European transit system connecting major cities.

According to The BBC, today's achievement caps off 14 years of work on a more than $10 billion project. Officials hope the tunnel will be able to accommodate up to 300 trains per day, according to the BBC.

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bill from NJ from NJ

At least someone is still looking to the future. From what I understand,the Swiss did this to improve passenger rail service and also to try and keep more trucks from the roads and the pollution they generate.

It is especially glaring in the face of what just happened here, where the attitude of 'we can't do that' just killed a badly needed new rail tunnel from NJ to NYC. Ironically, what do they want to use the money not spent on that for? You got it, expanding roads already choked with traffic (that in turn will generate more traffic).....it is no wonder Switzerland is a prosperous country, they seem to have people who get that remaining prosperous means looking forward, not backward.

Oct. 17 2010 11:59 AM

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