There has been a lot of talk in the media about the building of hyperloops around the world. A hyperloop is a low pressure underground tube. People would be transported through the tube in pods. The fact that there would be minimal air resistance in the tube would allow the pods to travel at speeds approaching 700 miles per hour. Billionaire Elon Musk has already sought government approval to build a hyperloop between New York City and Washington, DC. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has also proposed a hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune, India. The obvious advantage to traveling by hyperloop is that it would take a fraction of the time that a traditional train would take.
There has now been a proposed hyperloop that would go between Chicago and Cleveland. It would make traveling from one city to the other take only 30 minutes. This would obviously be a revolutionary step forward in terms of transportation in the United States. It should be noted that the U.S. still does not have any high speed trains. It is not known where the money will come from to pay for this project. The two companies that are involved are the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.
The ride for passengers in a hyperloop pod would feel similar to flying in a plane. The technology will need to undergo a lot of testing before it is approved for the general public to ride in. The technology is still in its infancy. However, the possibilities seem to be endless. Being able to travel between major cities in a fraction of the time it takes us now will forever alter the way that business is done. It would even allow a person who lives in Chicago to commute to Cleveland each day for work.