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A Primer on Hyperloop Travel: How far off is the Future?

By Joanna Simon

Supersonic travel in pods through frictionless tubes may sound like the basis for the next George Lucas creation, but it may be a reality in the near future. Planning for high-speed travel via a Hyperloop system is underway and could drastically reduce travel times between major cities.

Hyperloop One Desert Tube
Hyperloop One Desert Tube

What is Hyperloop?

The Hyperloop is a proposal for high-speed inter-city travel through steel tubes, in pod-like vehicles, for both passengers and cargo. This technology is estimated to reduce travel time from Los Angeles to San Francisco to a mere 35 minutes, a trip that takes even the fastest of drivers 5 hours to complete.

How does it work?

Hyperloop infrastructure consists of steel tubes, either underground in tunnels or elevated, which serve as a mechanism to transport pods. The tubes create a near-vacuum environment and utilize air and friction resistance technologies to transport pods at speeds faster than airplane travel. The technology is energy efficient: it requires relatively low power, and some companies suggest that the entire system can be powered via solar panels (however, some experts are skeptical).

What’s in a travel pod?

            Several versions of passenger travel pods will exist, including a standard coach pod resembling economy airplane seating, a meeting pod with tables and angled chairs and a sleek and comfortable lounge cabin.

Hyperloop Pod Rendering

How will a Hyperloop ride feel?

The idea of riding in a small and windowless capsule may raise concern for some passengers; engineers are working to consider comfort factors. They are also considering how to minimize pod vibration, as even the slightest tectonic movement could cause a jolt that would be felt while traveling at near-sonic speeds.

Where will Hyperloop be built?

Several companies are currently working to perfect the technology and have developed route proposals around the world. Many of these proposals are in development stage and have completion forecasted for 10-20 years from now:

Cities Travel Time by Car Travel Time by Plane Travel Time by Hyperloop Company
LA-San Francisco 5.5 hours 1.5 hours 35 minutes Hyperloop One
Stockholm-Helsinki 12 hours *includes ferry 1 hour 30 minutes Hyperloop One
Paris-Amsterdam 5.5 hours 1.5 hours 30 minutes Delft Hyperloop
Kracow-Gdansk, Poland 6 hours 1.3 hours 35 minutes Hyper Poland
Toronto-Montreal 5.5 hours 1 hour 30 minutes Transpod
Vienna-Budapest 3 hours 45 minutes 20 minutes HTTP


How much will it cost to build?

Hyperloop One, the company spearheading the California project, is privately funded. Their estimates show that the project will cost $5.4 billion and gross $300 million in annual revenue.

How much will it cost to ride?

With route and pod design still underway there have been few estimates to how much a single ticket to ride the Hyperloop will cost. Some design teams claim that it will cost the price of a bus ticket, but few actual figures are currently available.

What challenges exist?

Cost: Concerns are widespread about Hyperloop’s feasibility and success, particularly considering construction and testing costs. Much of this work relies on unproven technology; it is not yet known how much it will cost to bring it to reality.

Safety: Hyperloop travel is arguably safer than other transportation options: the system is enclosed, protected from the elements and controlled by pressure and internal dynamics, making it immune to human error. However, experts are concerned about the availability of oxygen in the chamber should an unexpected event result in a loss of pressure. Additionally, emergency braking and power outage scenarios are currently being tested.

Policy: Hyperloop infrastructure, whether above or below ground, will pass through towns, other cities and will disrupt public and private resources. A feasibility study of land use issues and potential human impact is needed to move forward.

Connectivity: One of the biggest concerns with the Hyperloop system is its’ potential connection to other modes of transportation. A 35-minute trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco could be doubled if the destination is downtown, but the docking stations are 30 minutes outside.

Demand: As driverless cars become more of a reality, they will make highway driving safer and more pleasant. Driverless cars may become more appealing to travelers, as they will provide door-to-door transport, rather than the less convenient and Hyperloop.

 

Information sources:

Hyperloop One

Business Insider

 

 

 

A frontal attack on Midtown gridlock

In the op-ed “A frontal attack on Midtown gridlock, NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg lays out the agency’s battle plan to combat Manhattan street congestion “to keep people and goods moving as our city grows, sustaining the energy and dynamism that makes New York such a brilliant, uniquely attractive place to live and work.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/frontal-attack-midtown-gridlock-article-1.2905332

Event: 2017 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry in the U.S.

Join us for the study release of the 2017 Outlook for Intercity Bus Travel in the United States, a new study by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. This program is hosted in partnership with The Chaddick Institute and with support from the New York chapter of the Transportation Research Forum.

Learn how the country’s travel landscape is likely to change in 2017 due to intercity bus expansion and hear about notable highlights of the past calendar year. In addition to commentary by DePaul professor Joe Schwieterman and Brian Antolin, this event will feature other prominent experts on bus travel and offer perspectives on the debate over the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) in New York. The technical tour will begin at the PABT one hour after the program ends.

January 13, 2017

Register here: https://intercitybusoutlook.eventbrite.com/

STUDY RELEASE:
Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University | 295 Lafayette Street
12:00-1:30pm: Join the study team and event hosts for a buffet lunch (for purchase) followed by the official study release event. Speakers include Mitchell L. Moss, Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, and Joe Schwieterman, Director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

This event is free, with lunch available for purchase.

TECHNICAL TOUR:
Port Authority Bus Terminal | 625 8th Ave
2:30-4:00pm: Following the Study Release event, an immersive tour led by Brian Antolin (industry expert and CEO of CoTo Travel), Joe Schwieterman (DePaul University), and Nicholas Klein (Columbia University) will highlight innovations and exciting advancements in bus travel. The tour will begin at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and will focus on key features of the PABT, the Megabus pickup locations near the Javits Convention Center (34th St. b/t 11th & 12th Avenues), and notable specialty lines operating out of Midtown Manhattan. Space is limited.

Register here: https://intercitybusoutlook.eventbrite.com/

Transportation & Halloween: A Rudin Center Round-up of the 10 Best Transpo-themed Costumes

New Yorkers’ unparallelled ingenuity is perfectly captured in the elaborate costumes and displays they assembled for Halloween. Because we at the NYU Rudin Center love both Halloween and transportation, we rounded up our favorite transportation-themed costumes:

And no round-up of Transpo-related Halloween costumes would be complete without including these three videos:

Video #1: Subway Lines on Parade (@NY1 on Twitter)

Video #2: The Silver Surfer hits NYC Streets (@PrankvsPrank on Youtube)

And, lastly, this adorable stroller turned bus from a few years back:
Video #3: Stroller Bus (@The Saline Project on Vimeo)

Hopscotch: Los Angeles’ In-Vehicle Opera

File under: only in L.A. Hopscotch, the opera, took place in 24 coordinated vehicles on the move through the city.

“You’re invited into a car not knowing the destination. The car starts moving and suddenly you’re drawn into the story with singers and musicians that are in the car with you. And as they drive through the city, activity will be happening all around you.”

SubwayDoodle

For our inaugural post on our Webfeed, we’re sharing the most clever transportation art in a while: SubwayDoodle‘s imaginings on Instagram. See just a few of his creations below.

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#Monday But the week gets better! This Thursday, Subway Doodle is part of the Strictly New York 3 group show! Event link in my bio. The show features the world premiere of Subway Doodle prints! There are only 9 of them! Only 9 world premiere prints! There will never be another world premiere! Never. Ever. Strictly New York 3: The NYC Hustle 1080 Wyckoff Ave, New York City, NY 11385-5757 OPENING RECEPTION: AUGUST 25th, 2016 6-10PM ($5 admission) The NYC Hustle integrates a representation of the backbone to a city that doesn't sleep: it's daily grind. From bodegas, to construction workers, to entrepreneurs- New Yorkers are known for their fast paced, go-getter state of mind. With the dangerous speed in which our city is undergoing gentrification, artists of various media capture this daily Hustle and those that are keeping New York in its organic form. Featuring: John Ahearn Demi Vera Josh Wildman Doper Jones Klops Liv Hoffman MRS Austin Pinon Subway Doodle Jarret Robertson Plasma Slug Christy Bencosme duendita Shadow of Loaf Muzik Kidz in Brooklyn Scott Hisley Laurie Markiewicz Josh Rivera Cindy Caroli Rashedul Deepon Jhon Coley Wright MUSIC BY: UPTOWN VINYL SUPREME Refreshments will be provided (The show will be up till August 27th) Organized by: @funkthesoul and @marriajuanita #NYChustle #strictlyny #nycevents #artshow #queens #brooklyn #art #nycsummerevents #bushwickevents #subwaydoodle #subway #doodle #nyc

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