This year, it is planned to spend RUR3bn (about $95.02m) on theelectrification of the last 175-kilometer line of the Trans-SiberianRailroad in the Primorsky region, Russian Railroad Minister Gennady Fadeyevreported within his trip to the Far Eastern Railroad today. According tohim, the financing of this project is uninterrupted. As early as thisDecember, the whole Trans-Siberian Railroad, which is 9,288 kilometerslong, will be electrified, the Minister stressed.As for outlooks for the development of the Far East Railroad, Fadeyevpointed out that the Ministry set top priority on the development ofrailroad frontier points on the Russian-Chinese border. According to theMinister, a number of frontier stations are currently being upgradeddynamically, as well as the infrastructure of border railroad lines.The second priority task at the Far East Railroad in the Primorsky regionis the development of port stations, the Minister said. The ports of thePrimorsky region are increasing cargo turnover quickly; this is why cargoesshould be delivered from quays to carriages and back at a high speed,Fadeyev pointed out..
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