“At its core, Hyperloop is a tube-based transportation system for inter and intra-city transport. With a drastic reduction of air in the tube, motion is achieved with nearly zero friction allowing passengers to safely accelerate to airplane speeds. This is all powered by a combination of alternative energy and energy conservation systems.” – Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
Welcome to the 1800s, a time where the transit systems played a huge role in changing the way Americans lived.
Of course, the innovation of the railroad changed the way we traveled, sped up travel times, created numerous jobs and helped transport raw materials great distances.
But, the transit system played its biggest role by establishing time zones. The railroads were a motivating force for universal time standards and time zones to initially maintain an accurate time schedule as we could now reach distances as far as the Pacific.
This expansion of cross country travel by train urged a solution to the chaotic unofficial way each varying city kept track of time.
Is it possible that public transportation could once again be the center behind a revolutionary breakthrough?
Elon Musk, a corporate America jack-of-all-trades, took time out of his busy schedule of juggling companies like: Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City, to publicize his idea of a vacuumed tube that could speed up travel three-times the rate it is now.
Meet the Hyperloop, a tube-based travel system, which could travel over 700 mph (commercial airplane speeds) that was proposed in 2013.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), paired together with over 800 engineers, architects and overall professional brainiacs from across the country, will take on this project.
According to their website, they’ve landed contracts to build in California and Slovakia (with invites to consider several other contracts).
This is the realization that an impossible idea could be a probable reality.
The innovative enterprise has more benefits than just bragging rights by accomplishing an unfathomable idea.
Some of those closely involved with the project mention the inevitable fuel efficiency and economic growth as some of their driving motivations.
Imagine being able to live in Los Angeles and work in San Francisco with only a 20-35 minute travel time in between – a feat unachievable by many even living within the same city.
Expanding the range of distance between where someone works and lives provides more options for jobs and can boost overall productivity.
Edmond Allmond, HTT Communication Strategist, passionately describes his drive to “change someone’s life by changing how they move.”
Listening to him and many other experts, you can’t help but beg the question: how long does the world have to wait on baited breath for this transit makeover?
The answer is not very long!
Their company plans to be moving cargo by 2020 and be able to board passengers by 2021.
So, prepare to come up with another excuse as to why you can’t visit your family for ‘Spring Break’ and start adding world travel to your bucket list, because the family at HTT are working to bring all of us closer, one speed-of-light train car at a time.