Hyperloop One aims to connect North Carolina's 'Research Triangle'

Polycount

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High-speed Hyperloop systems are being developed throughout the world, and it's starting to look like they could be the future of public transportation; provided the many regulatory hurdles (and citizen resistance movements) many Hyperloop companies face at present can be overcome.

They're fast (capable of traveling 60 miles in under 20 minutes), efficient, and perhaps most importantly, they have the ability to get drivers off the road, thus easing the traffic burden on surface streets -- a major issue in crowded places like New York or San Francisco. Several states are already working alongside various Hyperloop companies to see what can reasonably be achieved (with minimal disruption to citizens).

North Carolina (NC) is the latest state to fall into that category. Hyperloop One announced today that NC's "Regional Transportation Alliance" (RTA) has begun to explore the construction of a "regional and inter-city" Hyperloop in the state.

The loop in question could have access points at numerous locations, including downtown Raleigh (near North Carolina State University), downtown Durham, downtown Chapel Hill, and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. To be clear, these locations are tentative, and if Virgin Hyperloop One is allowed to begin construction, there's no guarantee they won't change their mind.

Regardless, Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Jay Walder feels these locations are "prime" real estate for a loop, because they fall within what is called the North Carolina Research Triangle: the stomping ground's of some of the US' "top companies, universities, and healthcare centers." Hyperloop One feels that connecting the region would be a huge boon, as it could speed up travel times significantly and "[improve] logistics" for cargo transportation.

While we don't know for sure whether or not the RTA's "exploration" of rapid transit tech will lead anywhere, we'll certainly keep you in the loop if any new information comes to light.

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Trump2020

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Raleigh doesn't have an organic population boom induced traffic problem, it has a New To Being Employed And The Area And Struggling To Keep Up With The Jones' problem. Within 5 years the area real estate will begin to plummet due to the 70% odds today's happy homeowners will become divorced enemies amid bankruptcy. No one in their right mind would invest in an area where the demographic surge is closer in age and lifetime earnings to date to being in their parents' home than their own.
This idea would be great to "beat" Super70 construction to the state port in Morehead City or for a fast route to Charlotte, but for Triangle residents who chose to live 45+ minutes one way from work? Nah lol. When they've managed to make a mortgage and student loan payment every month for 5 years then we can begin to consider them to be actual reaidents. Until then, they are merely temporary transient families and no one is banking on them or their employers to remain in The Triangle for long.
 

Uncle Al

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Silly me ... I thought a few routes like Boston to NYC and to Washington would be the most economical routes, particularly since it was supposed to be subterranean ..... now it just looks like a glorified "L" out of Chicago
 

techguy72

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Terribly flawed because one small hole in the housing could potentially destroy the entire loop. You would almost need to build these underground so you can guarantee a safety seal otherwise a change in pressure on either side of the high speed vehicle would be disastrous to say the least.
 
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seefizzle

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Raleigh doesn't have an organic population boom induced traffic problem, it has a New To Being Employed And The Area And Struggling To Keep Up With The Jones' problem. Within 5 years the area real estate will begin to plummet due to the 70% odds today's happy homeowners will become divorced enemies amid bankruptcy. No one in their right mind would invest in an area where the demographic surge is closer in age and lifetime earnings to date to being in their parents' home than their own.
This idea would be great to "beat" Super70 construction to the state port in Morehead City or for a fast route to Charlotte, but for Triangle residents who chose to live 45+ minutes one way from work? Nah lol. When they've managed to make a mortgage and student loan payment every month for 5 years then we can begin to consider them to be actual reaidents. Until then, they are merely temporary transient families and no one is banking on them or their employers to remain in The Triangle for long.
Babbling nonsense.