Linking Siberia and North America: The Proposed Rail and Tunnel System


A high speed rail system has been announced by the Russian Government, a rail system that will traverse the Bering Strait. If the project goes as planned, it will contain the world’s longest tunnel, and will cost near $65 billion dollars. This project will be a key infrastructure and communication alternative between continents and could be used as an efficient link for energy transmission lines and communication lines.

A 65 mile long-tunnel would be built under the Big Diomede and Little Diomede Islands in the Bering Strait. The tunnel itself will cost more than $12 billion, divided in three sections. The high speed railway will be developed using a Private Public Partnership, and will be used also to move enormous amount of supplies, and combines with tidal energy plants, providing more than 10 gigawatts of energy. The proposed tunnel will take more than 15 years to complete and the complete railway systems will be completed in about 20 to 25 years.

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