As a refresher, the Hyperloop design uses a combination of low air pressure and magnetic acceleration to get people from LA to SF in just about 30 minutes, which is almost three times faster than flying, while producing its own electricity from solar power, with round-trip tickets projected to cost between $40- $60. If you want to know more about the details of this system, you can check out SpaceX’s Hyperloop page (www.spacex.com/hyperloop), which includes a good first look at the original proposal, as well as Elon Musk’s original white paper.
Hyperloop Transportation in USA
While it would of course be fantastic to have a Hyperloop between LA and SF as originally proposed, those aren’t the only two cities in the US and all over the world that would seriously benefit from the Hyperloop. Beyond the dramatic increase in speed and decrease in pollution, one of the key advantages the Hyperloop offers over existing designs for high-speed rail is the cost of construction and operations. Our goal is to keep the ticket price between LA and SF in the $20-$30 range. If this same overall price point were preserved for other city pairings, it could dramatically change the way people live and work in cities.