Honey, Let's Take The Hyperloop To Vegas
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Roughly an hour ago, visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk released a specification to build the Hyperloop, a fifth mode of transportation which he describes as a cross between the "Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table."
The incredibly detailed, open source specification outlines a Hyperloop route between Los Angeles and San Francisco (black line), with future phase enhancements to include loops to San Diego, San Bernardino, Fresno and Las Vegas (dotted blue lines).
Capsules leave every 8 minutes from base stations and carry 28 passengers + cargo each and travel at speeds up to 760mph via solar charged, battery powered induction motors hovering inside pressurized tubes like an air hockey table. Total time for a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco would be about 30 minutes. The loop from Los Angeles to Las Vegas would probably be 2/3 of that. Musk projects that the Los Angeles to Las Vegas Hyperloop would transport about 1.8 million people a year and would travel in the median along existing highways with some deviations to reroute bends for high speed travel.
Costs for the San Francisco to Los Angeles is projected to be ~$6b, which would be paid for over 20 years with $20 tickets. The current proposals for high speed maglev trains in California are $68.4 billion dollars, tickets priced at $115 (one way) and a travel time of 2 hours and 28 minutes.
Imagine hopping on the Hyperloop to go to Vegas for dinner at Robuchon, then coming home. Or you can blast out to bet on the football games on Sunday afternoon and be home for dinner with the kids. Or extending your bender until the very last minutes before you have to be at that Monday morning meeting.
With every major upgrade in transportation, the world changes exponentially. From feet, to horses, to cars, to trains to planes... each increase in speed and efficiency has made the world smaller, closer, cheaper and more convenient. Vegas went from being an out of the way trek to a long drive to a short train trip to a quick flight... now, should Hyperloop become a reality, your trip to Vegas may very well become as convenient and effortless as a drive around the block.
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