Over the past few years, I have been exploring public transportation that can create a new form of travel, tourism, and exploration. Currently, high-speed rail is the most efficient way of traveling long distances on land but Elon Musk has created a new form of transportation. His company, SpaceX, has come up with a new system called the Hyperloop. In 2013, they put this concept out to the engineers of the world and now private companies are taking these blueprints and making them a reality.
In Texas right now, Texas Central is constructing a high-speed rail system between Dallas and Houston through private investors. The technology is stickily Japanese design from rail to car. They have discussed the “innovative” aspects of this technology; however, after seeing Mr. Musk’s work on human transportation, I beg to differ.
In Oklahoma, there is the Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study which is examining the opportunity to link with the Texas Central line.
While in California, they are building a High-Speed Rail with public funding. The website for California’s rail is very complex and hard to follow. Every link leads to another blue hyperlink with more subparts. “By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour.” According to their fact sheet.
Now according to Elon Musk, the Hyperloop, which operates “with extremely low air pressure inside the tubes” would cut your trip times down even more. “A trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles would take you about 30 minutes.” Musk believes that the Hyperloop is a better solution than California’s $70 billion dollar rail system.
At the University of California, Los Angles (UCLA), engineering and architecture students are helping design the Hyperloop system. They are building models from the tracks up to the tubes and then to the stations.