With all of the commotion going on all over the world and all of the killing and pillaging and raping going on there really hasn't been much room in the headlines for good news and interesting technology that could be coming our way. One item of particular interest for me was Elon Musk's proposed hyper loop high speed transportation system. His initial design proposal would seem to put just about every other mode of transportation to shame. With potential for speeds of nearly mach six that alone makes it desirable but even more impressive is the cost to build and maintain and operate being much less than conventional modes of transportation would seem to make this the golden choice when considering new modes of transportation.
Years ago when they first came out with the trains that operated on an elevated rail where the car was suspended under the rail on a single sling type arrangement called a monorail and it was driven electrically I thought how easily such a system could revolutionize and revitalize rail type systems for mass transportation. The access for such a system already exists and is owned by the Federal Government already in the form of the center median on every Interstate highway in America. A commute from say Indianapolis Indiana to Chicago Illinois which takes about three hours to drive taking into account traffic and weather could be made on one of these elevated trains in a little over an hour traveling at an average speed of 150 mph. However it never was even considered by our planners. Instead it was cast aside as being unprofitable due to low usage. I remember asking the question "how do they know the usage would be low without trying it?" If people had the option of living in Indianapolis and working in Chicago I have a hunch that many would simply because of the cheaper real estate and lower crime rates if for no other reason.
Now with Mr. Musk's proposed design such a system could be implemented and it could make that same trip in as little as fifteen minutes. It wouldn't even have to get up to its top speed. He has suggested it as an alternative to a traditional rail system that has been proposed between San Francisco and Los Angles. That proposed system is estimated to cost around sixteen billion dollars. What Mr. Musk proposes would only run about six billion, would run cheaper, safer, and much faster making that trip in only about thirty minutes. It never ceases to amaze me that when a great idea comes along there are always a bunch of 'doubting Thomases' who declare it to be impossible and pooh pooh it until someone finally ignores all of the doubters and does it anyway. Then the nay sayers go on about why we didn't do it sooner.
The design of this thing makes it impervious to weather, traffic issues, accidents, and other delays that hinder conventional modes of travel. It would be very inexpensive to operate using solar panels to generate much of the electricity it needs to operate. That makes it not only economical but ecofriendly as well producing virtually no pollution. Then of course the phenomenal speed potential of this thing makes it the hands down winner for long distance transportation. At say four thousand miles per hour a trip from New York City to Los Angeles would take less than an hour and theoretically this thing could achieve that kind of speed. Personally I think that a test operation such as the San Francisco to Los Angeles route would be an excellent proof of concept for this technology. If I were president I do believe I would push for funding to encourage California to adopt it as their plan and push it forward. But I am just a common citizen with no input on this or any other matter that our government tackles so all I can do is comment here and dream of a day when I can travel all over these United States in no more than a couple of hours for any trip.