Underwater travel is the next frontier of international transportation — if you are the kind of futurist who would believe a report made by a state-run Chinese news outlet. The Washington Post, citing this Bejing Times story, reports that the train of our nautical dreams is (maybe) happening:

The proposed "China-Russia-Canada-America" line would be some 8,000 miles long, 1,800 miles longer than the Trans-Siberian railroad. The tunnel that the Chinese would help bore beneath the icy seas would be four times the length of what traverses the English Channel.

Ostensibly, this train would travel from Bejing to Alaska, should you ever desire to make such a trip. Everyone that is not China is skeptical of the plan.

But! The Post concedes that "China has embarked on an astonishing rail construction spree, laying down tens of thousands of miles tracks and launching myriad high-speed lines," so maybe it's not all so ridiculous?

Under. Water. Travel. The. Fu-ture.

[H/T Betabeat / Image via AP]