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A tale of two tunnels

A tale of two tunnels

Two events of the past week perfectly illustrate the contrasting circumstances of public transportation in the United States and in the rest of the industrialized world. In Switzerland, authorities opened the world's longest and deepest rail tunnel, while just 40 miles south of Baltimore, officials launched a year-long "SafeTrack" program to repair the badly-neglected Metrorail subway system that runs underneath the nation's capital.

While the Swiss have cleared the way for high-speed rail under the formidable obstacles of the Alps, Metro will be closing tracks and stations and creating substantial delays for the commuters dependent on the country's second largest subway...

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