Summary of “Why Even the Hyperloop Probably Wouldn’t Change Your Commute Time”

Philadelphia and Washington could become linked the way Manhattan and Brooklyn are today, if the travel costs are comparable.
High-speed rail in parts of Europe and Japan has already begun to have such effects.
Luis Bettencourt, who heads the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago, said cities could start to specialize even more than they do today.
That’s a little faster than the fastest operating speed for a train in the world today, the Shanghai maglev.
They may give commuters greater speed – even without higher speed limits – by reducing congestion and car wrecks, or with vehicle platooning and synchronized traffic lights.
They could wholly upend Mr. Marchetti’s theories: If a car becomes a traveling office, will people even mentally measure their commutes as “Travel time”?
He and Mr. Ausubel even developed ideas for maglevs that traveled in low-pressure tubes.
Before today’s hyperloop slogans, Mr. Marchetti mused about Casablanca-to-Paris in just 20 minutes.

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