|Tunneling under the Alps to create a small tunnel relative to those in operation under the U.S. and throughout Europe from Malta to other capitals and under many parts of the world.|
|The Ark of Millions of Years|
|Gotthard dual tunnel system, Swiss Alps|
With a route length of 57 km (35.4 mi) and a total of 151.84 km (94.3 mi) of tunnels, shafts, and passages, it surpasses the Seikan Tunnel in Japan [but pales in comparison to the much longer secret high speed rail tunnels under the US].
The project has two single-track tunnels as part of the AlpTransit project, aka the New Railway Link through the Alps (NRLA), which includes the Lötschberg Base Tunnel between Bern and Valais and the Ceneri Base Tunnel (scheduled to open in 2019).
It bypasses the Gotthardbahn, a winding mountain route opened in 1882 across the Saint-Gotthard Massif. The total cost of the project is 9.8 billion Swiss francs (US $10.3 billion).