Phase I – Southern California
The Hyperloop is a ultra-high speed train travels at speeds of up to 800 mph (1,287 kph) averaging at 580 mph (933 kph) powered by solar energy. Alternatively pods can be powered with Searle Generators which travel at speeds up to mach 1.8 or 1,380 mph (2,220 kph) . Funding this project would drive up economic activity for the lower and middle classes, reduce travel time, and reducing the cost of living. Emerging technologies such as teleportation or antigravity would not make the Hyperloop obsolete. Focus instead will be Urban hyperloops which are connected to teleportation nodes. Existing cross country networks would then be converted for pleasure and sightseeing provided the hyperloops are built with transparent Aluminum.
Hyperloop tracks can be built on 100’ foot tall pylons along the interstates or built underground. This will eliminate the need to acquire right of ways and the red tape involved with that process. Hyperloop’s are essentially a mag lev train in a depressurized tube with a pod that is wide enough to drive ones car inside or load their freight and take it with them.The first network will be built in southern California linking Sacramento to San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angles, City of Light, and then on to Los Vegas and San Diego. Average construction cost is $35 million per mile. Ticket prices could be as low as $20 each way due to the automated nature of the system and low operating costs due to the solar panels on top of the tubes.
Total projected cost of all Southern California Hyperloop routes is $19.7b, serving a market of 35 million people and enable low cost travel for the middle and working class. Typical road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco requires $55 of fuel and takes 6 to 8 hours. Hyperloops would cost only $5.50 charge $20, and take 35 minutes. Compare this to a 75 minute airplane, 10 hour bus, and 12 hour train ride. Total projected annual passenger traffic of 13.3 million, revenue of $286 million; freight $504 million for $.8 billion annual revenue at a 3.3% ROI in a low projection scenario.
Golden Age Institute teams will also create blueprints which will design a hyperloop network for every major city in North America which has a population over 300,000 people. When anti-gravity or teleportation technologies become available networks construction will shift away from crisscrossing the country but instead into urban areas which are connected together with teleportation or anti-gravity platforms nodes. These plans can then be quickly implemented when these technologies become available.
Phase II Eastern Seaboard
The Eastern US hyperloop will be designed so that everyone on the eastern seaboard will be within a 3 hour drive or less to most Points of Access making long intercontinental drives a thing of the past. By having access to inexpensive fast transit the price of goods would drop considerably, raise the living standards for all Americans and Canadians in this region. A project of this size could be compared to the economic miracle which occurred after the Marshall plan rebuilt Germany after World War II. The US interstate system could potentially be mothballed and funding could be directed into this newer system. The US Interstate system cost was $425 billion (in 2006 dollars). This phase would lay 7,279 miles of track and cost $254 Billion.
|East Coast – 2,485 Miles|
|Heartland USA – 1,262 Miles|
|Great Lakes – 1,490 Miles|
|Central USA – 2042 Miles|
|Estimated Cost $35M/mile||$254 Billion|
Phase III – USA and Canada Network
Connecting the East Corridors with the West Coast and including Canadian network; would add another 8,083 of track at a cost of $282 Billion USD. This would bring together nearly 300 million people and would make all but the most remote parts of the continental US accessible within a 5 hour drive or less to the hyperloop network. With a total project cost of $536 Billion it is only slightly more expensive then the US Interstate system ($425 billion in 2006 dollars).
|Canadian Corridor – 3,132 Miles|
|California Coastal – 1,416 Miles|
|Desert Southwest – 1,547 Miles
|Denver Rockies – 1,988 Miles|
|Estimated Cost $35M/mile||$282 Billion|
Phase IV Central America
The Maya Kukulev Ultra Speed Transit will bring tourists into the resort city of Uvita, Costa Rica and build up economic activity in the region. The proposed 2,586 km (1,606 miles) high speed maglev known as the Maya Kukulev will connect central american into one large economic corridor. The tracks will be built on 100′ tall plyons and utilize a mix of Maglev, Hyperloop, Searle generator technologies. Speeds would average at 650kph (400mph) and service Guatemala City, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, San Jose, Uvita, and Panama City.
City Metro Population Served
Guatemala City 4,100,000
Santa Ana 290,000
San Salvadro 2,177,432
San Miguel 218,410
San Pedro Sula 1,445,598
San Jose 2,158,898
San José de David 144,858
Panama City 1,272,672
Costs are roughly $20 million a mile or $32 billion dollars at a price of $1,852 per individual in the population served. Its construction will reduce the time of transportation between cities 90%, reduce the cost of transit between cities 64%, raise economic activity, and unite the people. Business productivity can increase significantly due new markets of commerce becoming available. The prices of goods will drop making items that where previously unaffordable now within reach of millions of people. Tourists can spend less time traveling and more time spending money in the region. Increased economic activity will trickle down to everyone creating political stability to the region.
Phase V Integrate all Cities in North America and then the World
In the advent of anti-gravity or teleportation technology implementation, hyperloop construction will shift its construction focus to urban areas to reduce traffic and enhance speed of commerce. Instead of crisscrossing the country Hyperloops will remain a urban phenomenon with transit between cities primarily done through teleportation or anti-gravity platforms nodes. By introducing this to North Americas largest metropolitan areas , it will bring together 400 million people or roughly 80% of the population of North America within a 30 minute ride or less to each other. This could bring the reality of having morning coffee in Seattle, lunch on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, and skiing Montreal’s Mont-Tremblant before dinner.