There is a new silk road on the drawing boards, ready to be built.
This road is on rails, at least one track in each direction and up to three tracks in each direction in heavily traveled corridors. The trains will run on elevated tracks that do not obstruct movement beneath the columns. There are two main contenders for the design of both the tracks and the trains. One such design can be seen on the cover of the report of the group http://worldlandbrigde.com, where trains that run on elevated tracks that resemble the current model can be seen on the cover of their report.
Their configuration of the worldwide rail linkages can be seen on one of their maps inside their report. Notice that two links converge in the area of Tyre, and that there is no other rail entrance into Africa.
A different design would not use rails, but would run through “windows”. be enclosed in stabilizers that prevent them from falling from the tracks while carrying heavier loads at much higher speeds, and be resistant to many of the types of train wrecks that occur today. In addition, it would be much less expensive to build and maintain. Robert Pulliam of Tubular Rails, Inc. posts this concept drawing of the train and its windows. The full video can be seen by searching for “Future Transportation Technology Will Blow Your Mind_CRITICAL.mp4”.
The time is right for the development of this world-wide inland freight route. The original “silk road” was developed as a result of the high rate of piracy on the seas during the days of the Phoenician dominance of the sea trade. The Phoenicians simply bought camels and donkeys and developed land routes, leaving the pirates to plunder empty seas. We are having the same epidemic of piracy today, especially in the region of the equatorial ports along the coast of both Americas and the narrow India/China corridor.
If the tunnel across the Bering straits is capable of being built through the maze of volcanoes in that area, then there would be no place on earth that could not be reached by rail from Tyre, and no place on the seas that shipping originating in Tyre could not reach, and often in much less time and with much less expense.
Add to that the super-computing “server farm” with 24/6 (put into sleep mode from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset for the Sabbath) availability, and the means of moving goods around the world by direct contacts between the origin and destination without going through middle-men cuts both time and expense while increasing confidence that the transaction would be flawless would be a huge stimulus to transporting goods from producer to buyer.
This infrastructure would bring world trade into the modern age, the age of World Trade 3.0.