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Top 10 Transportation Megaprojects for the 21st Century

AOL News reports on what they think are the ten biggest transportation megaprojects looming in the 21st century. Some of the projects, such as the Second Avenue Subway Tunnel in New York City, are under construction. Others, like Canada’s arctic ice road, are perennial. Still others, like a 3,100 mile long transatlantic train tunnel, are simply wisps in an transportation engineer’s eye (although increasingly feasible).

Here are the top 10 (from 10th to 1st in AOL’s ranking):

  • Canada’s arctic Ice Road;
  • Transatlantic train tunnel
  • New York’s Second Avenue Subway (8.5 miles, $17 billion)
  • Bering Straight bridge crossing from Alaska to Russia (50 miles)
  • Shanghai sprawling rail system
  • Straight of Gibralter crossing (either tunnel or bridge)
  • Irish Sea tunnel connecting Britain
  • A national U.S. bicycle route system and network
  • Gotthard Switzerland’s Base Tunnel (94 miles long, under construction)
  • Turkey’s earthquake proof Marmaray tube tunnel.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.