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Is 700 MPH public transportation realistic?

Elon Musk's idea for high-speed travel gets jaded EconoMeter panel jazzed up

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, August 16, 2013

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: NO 

Government simply does not have a good track record attempting to pick winning and losing technologies. Even if the Hyperloop worked perfectly, it would not be surprising if travelers balk at being whisked inside a pneumatic tube at 700 mph. That said, what is also true is California continues to grow, with the state projecting 12.3 million more residents to be added by 2050. What government needs to do is lower regulatory barriers so that potential new technologies, such as Musk's, can be pursued to accommodate moving a much larger population efficiently, effectively, and safely around the Golden State.