Six years after California voters approved a $9.9 billion bond act to help finance a high-speed rail line between that eventually will carry riders from San Francisco to Los Angeles. California Governor Jerry Brown and other officials led a ceremony in downtown Fresno on Tuesday to mark the start of construction for the project. Instead of picking up shovels and scooping a pile of dirt like many groundbreaking ceremonies, the Governor instead decided to sign a ceremonial steel rail. Although the ceremonial start to construction took place on Tuesday, major construction is still likely weeks away. According to High-Speed Rail Authority board chairman Dan Richard, “We are entering a period of sustained construction on the nation’s first high-speed rail system for the next five years in the Central Valley, and in the decade beyond that, we will be building across California.” The first segment will cost $6 billion and be completed in 2018. It will connect Merced to Bakersfield.
Slated at $10 billion, construction on the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link could start as early as this year. At 11 miles long, the completed project will be the longest immersed tunnel in the world. It will run beneath the Baltic Sea and connect Denmark to Germany between the islands of Lolland and Fehmarn. Long in the planning, the bill finally giving the project the green light passed its first reading in the Danish Parliament this month. Construction could be completed as early as 2024.
The underwater tunnel is a huge project with a cost at around 36 billion US dollars, with a length twice as long as the Channel Tunnel is and it will be built in the most dangerous earthquake zones in Asia. When the tunnel is completed, the Dalian tunnel will be the longest undersea tunnel in the world.
The aim is to develop the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) as a “Global Manufacturing and Trading Hub”, featuring 24 industrial regions, 8 smart cities, 5 power projects, 2 airports, 2 Mass Rapid Transportation Systems (MRTS) and 2 logistics hubs. With an estimated investment of US$100 billion, the project is expected to fuel India’s economic growth for the next 20-30 years, facilitating businesses and providing cheap, fast and efficient transportation to ports and the rest of the nation. Phase I (8 of the 24 investment regions) is estimated to be completed by 2019.