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Hyper Chariot — Technology’s version of #FakeNews ?>

Hyper Chariot — Technology’s version of #FakeNews

Elon Musk rekindled the dream of travel in a tube.  It’s not a new idea.  Engineers in New York experimented with a pneumatic subway in 1867.  A hundred years later, the Federal Railway Administration experimented with a train that traveled on an air cushion.  In 2013, Musk, reputation strong with engineering successes at SpaceX and Tesla Motors, proposed a 700 mph train-in-a-tube that could be built at a tenth of the cost of the California High Speed Rail system.  He…

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Small-Scale High Speed Rail: Bad Idea ?>

Small-Scale High Speed Rail: Bad Idea

When I was nine, my father explained capital-intensive business to me.  It’s an industry in which the competitor with the most assets wins.  Railroads were his example.  A short line doesn’t make money.  The expansive network succeeds. High speed rail in the United States is a capital intensive business.  It works in the Northeast Corridor.  The network is linear, from Boston to Washington.  It qualifies as a network because it connects the following cities (please don’t complain I left out…

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High Speed Rail for Buffalo and Rochester ?>

High Speed Rail for Buffalo and Rochester

How much of the interest in high speed rail comes from a need for rapid intercity transit and how much is a nostalgic dream of the steam whistle? Rochester and Buffalo have joined the city pairs lobbying for high speed rail service.  Boston to Washington is the only corridor where it’s proven in the United States.  San Francisco and Los Angeles are trying.   What all those cities have in common is high population density and a proven airline market. What’s…

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Hyperloop if CAHSR Fails ?>

Hyperloop if CAHSR Fails

Is Hyperloop positioned to take over where California High Speed Rail leaves off? If the CAHSR project were to be abandoned, how much of the work could be repurposed to Hyperloop?  The answer is, a great deal.  In this hypothetical scenario, California gets a transport system better than CAHSR, but not as mind-boggling as Musk’s original vision. Californians get what they voted for California voters would get what they voted for, a high speed transportation system that would allow schedules…

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