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The Hyperloop is a super-fast rail system that will transport passengers at speeds of up to 160 miles per hour (257 kph) via powerful vacuums and magnets. When up and running, the Hyperloop will be fully powered by renewable energy. The company even expects to make a surplus of energy that they plan on selling back into the grid. The test track will cost around $6 billion (£3.9 billion)
Bibop Gresta, the company’s deputy chairman, announced the plans at the Construct//Disrupt conference last night in London. At the event, he said, "You can substitute the entire flight industry from Los Angeles to San Francisco with one tube, four times. Now if this will not disrupt the air industry I don't know what will." Hyperloop won’t just stay confined to the super-rich and ultra-techy corners of California. The company also has plans to build one between London and Glasgow
originally posted by: sycomix
Texas is supposed to be getting a high speed rail from Dallas/Fort Worth to Houston soon, does that count?
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and TxDOT are working with the Texas Central Railway (TCR), a private entity that is developing and funding the environmental study for a proposed high-speed rail between the Dallas and Houston areas. TxDOT will provide technical assistance with study efforts and help coordinate public and stakeholder involvement. Constructing track between Dallas and Houston would cost an estimated $10 billion in private investor funding.
The Hyperloop took its biggest-yet step towards reality Wednesday when Hyperloop One, one of two leading companies working on the concept, successfully and publicly tested its propulsion system in the Nevada desert, accelerating a sled from zero to 100 miles per hour in slightly over a second. The vessel, built without brakes, unceremoniously ended its brief journey in a pile of sand.