A connection from the US to Russia has always been a dream of US and Russian architects, but head of transportation company Russian Railways has bigger dreams. Vladimir Yakunin unveiled plans for a Trans-Eurasion corridor. Essentially, a super-highway and high-speed rail line that would link to networks in Europe and Asia and connect London and Alaska to Canada/US. The transcontinental route would also create and improve oil pipelines, electricity, and water services. The project would cost trillions, according to Yakunin.
“This is an inter-state, inter-civilization, project,” he said at Monday’s presentation. “It should be an alternative to the current [neo-liberal] model, which has caused a systemic crisis. The project should be turned into a world ‘future zone’, and it must be based on leading, not catching, technologies.” [CNN]