Tuesday/ hype for the Hyperloop

John Oliver from the Daily Show poked fun at Elon Musk’s Hyperloop tonight (the futuristic proposal of a tube for 800 mph/ 30 mins of travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles). ‘It’s a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table’, says Mr Musk.  He is criticizing the current high speed rail plans as ‘too expensive and too slow’ but says he cannot take on the Hyperloop right now.   He has his hands full with building rockets and Teslas.

California is finally starting to build out a high speed rail system. Initial funding was already approved by voters in 2008, and in 2012 the Obama adminstration gave the project the green light and put it on a fast track. The projected time from San Francisco to Los Angeles? 3 hrs 38 mins for the 432 miles at speeds of up to 164 mph. (The train stops at many stations). Source : Wikipedia ‘California High-Speed Rail’. 
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Here is John Oliver of the Daily Show tonight calling the Hyperloop the ‘Track to the Future’ (a reference to the 1985 time travel film with Michael J. Fox, ‘Back to the Future’)

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