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In a 76-page report released on Dropbox on Thursday, a new startup called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies laid out plans for building Musk's futuristic transportation system, which could cut travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco down to 35 minutes. The trip takes up to 12 hours by Amtrak train, and more than six hours by car. The system would carry passengers in pods moving as fast as 800 miles per hour, according to the white paper.
Hyperloop Transportation has drawn up maps with lines connecting every major U.S. city.
The other goal is to keep it cheap. While his plan envisions making luxury pods available, Ahlborn said the estimated ticket price for economy-class seats would be about $20 to $30. But he said rides would ideally be free -- perhaps supported by ads, to take advantage of time spent with a captive audience of travelers.
In the meantime, recent publicity about the Hyperloop has drummed up interest. His team of about 100 engineers, who are paid largely through stock options, seems set to expand. “I would say that, on average, we’re receiving 10 to 20 new applications per hour,” he said with a laugh.
originally posted by: Aleister
a reply to: Grovit
I certainly wouldn't ride on the first couple hundred trips or more. What happens if a section is out, or a large truck gets suddenly stuck on the tracks, or if an immovable object meets this movable machine? Yikes.
originally posted by: RifRAAF
"The trip takes up to 12 hours by Amtrak train, and more than six hours by car."
How is a train slower than a car??
originally posted by: douglas5
10 years is a long time to wait for a train America , China has powered ahead with new high speed tracks 350 mph trains are fact not fantasy
You're not fast , You're last in the big world
originally posted by: Eunuchorn
So many people in this thread afraid of death. I'll happily die as the first test passenger to such a system.