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  •  Foreign HSR News (6+ / 0-)

    While the US dithers, Switzerland is nearing breakthrough on the world longest rail tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel.  Breakthrough is supposed to occur on Oct. 15.  The tunnel won't be in operation until 2017 though.  Both high-speed passenger trains (on a Zurich-Milan axis) and freight trains will use the tunnel.  All of this for the cost of a few months in Afghanistan.

    http://www.alptransit.ch/...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    •  It is my impression (1+ / 0-)
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      that other countries, with more challenging geography, seem to pay less per mile of HSR.

      I would be happy with useful LSR.  Amtrak is twice and expensive and slower to go from Boston to Philadelphia than flying.  Whatever the reason, this is bogus.

      •  Other countries certainly pay ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... substantially less for subways than we do in the US ... the cost of the Madrid subways is one example ... but there is no indication that either of the two Express HSR projects are going to be unusually expansive by international standards.

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        by BruceMcF on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 08:00:46 PM PDT

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