World’s Longest Tunnel Built in Swiss Alps


Engineers blasted through the last portion of rock Friday to create the world's longest tunnel in the Swiss Alps. The 35.4 mile Gotthard Base Tunnel means that Switzerland has reclaimed the record from Japan's 33.5 mile Seikan Tunnel as the world's longest.

Swiss citizens are celebrating the breakthrough moment, which was 60 years in the making.

The new tunnel is viewed as a milestone in the creation of a high-speed transportation network which connects all corners of Europe. The tunnel will allow tons of goods to be transported on the new rails, instead of on heavy trucks above ground which are slower and cause damage to the Alpine landscape. Trains will zip through the tunnel at 155 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, in LA, we're still working on extending the subway from downtown to the beach.



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