Project Spotlight: Gotthard Base Tunnel, Switzerland

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is an active project beneath the Swiss Alps, expected to open in 2016.  The completed Gotthard project will consist of two single-track with a route length of 35.4 miles plus 94.3 miles of tunnels shafts and passages, easily making it the world’s longest rail tunnel.  The Gotthard will double freight capacity through one of Europe’s most vital trade corridors and will cut an hour from the three-hour trip between Zurich and Milan.  The project will also ease environmental concerns attributed to the the ever increasing number of trucks on the road by shifting freight volumes from road to rail.

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