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Turkey completes rail tunnel linking Asia, Europe

Published: August 7, 2013
ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkey has completed an 8.5-mile rail tunnel, including a nearly mile-long immersed tube tunnel – the deepest of its kind in the world at 183 feet – under Bosphorus Strait, a busy shipping channel linking the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea.
A successful trial run was made through the tunnel, which connects Istanbul’s European and Asian sides.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who boarded the first train to pass through the tunnel, says the project had been 150 years in the making, and by connecting “London to Beijing,” serves not only those in Istanbul and Turkey.

The tunnel is part of a larger $5 billion “Marmaray” project which also includes an upgrade of existing suburban rail lines to create a 47-mile line that according to the government will carry 1.5 million people a day across the city’s two sides. The name Marmaray comes from combining the name of the Sea of Marmara, which lays just south of the project site, with ray, the Turkish word for rail.

Construction on the tunnel began in 2004 by a Japanese-Turkish consortium, with funding coming from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and the European Investment Bank.

The project, which has been beset by long delays, is now slated to open to the public on Oct. 29, the anniversary of modern Turkey’s founding. After completion, the use of rail transportation in Istanbul is predicted to rise from 3.6 percent to 27.7 percent.
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RON D TROY from NEW YORK said:
To Jim Kerner,

I'm a New Yorker who frequently disagrees with NJ Gov Christie, but as someone into rail transport, was proud of how he cancelled the Tunnel To Macy's Basement project. This was a horrific waste of time and money plus there was a huge financial risk to NJ. He does support plans for a proper tunnel from NJ to Penn Station NY, and I would note that before the West Side Rail Yards by Penn are covered and built over, the Feds are building the 'tunnel' that connects Penn to where the Hudson tunnel will eventually come out in Manhattan.
5 stars
JIM KERNER from NEW JERSEY said:
Oh, we could have a second Hudson River Tunnel if we didn't have a governor who could throw more BS than would be used to fertilize not only the Meadowlands Race Track, but every garden in the GardenState as well!
MAYNARD ROSS SR from WASHINGTON said:
No tunnel is ever 100% secure from earthquakes. Just as no place on the planet is 100% secure from tectonic activity. However, isn't it great what can be accomplished when people aren't warring against each other for some stupid political ideal, or religious belief or common greed.
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GARY PAYTON from NORWAY said:
Well done, Turkey! Hope it brings more prosperity to the country. It'll sure ease the commute across the Bosphorus!
JAMES MARDIGUIAN from NEW YORK said:
and we can't build another tunnel under the Hudson...
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