With all the frustration stemming from HSR, some such as the Los Angeles Daily News editorial board are looking towards entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Hyperloop as a worthwhile alternative. Musk believes that the concept could whisk passengers from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes and can be done at a cost between $6 billion and $10 billion. Musk must still build a prototype before the Hyperloop can ever happen.
Celebrated physics professor Michio Kaku believes that the Hyperloop would make for an exciting concept to realize, but expressed reservations about its economic viability. Indeed, one pundit opines that the $6 billion price tag is too low because the Hyperloop proposal ignores the obstacles that have led to the price increase on the HSR project and would surely affect the Hyperloop should it come to fruition. Los Angeles Times readers also had their say on the subject. In all likeliness, however, Musk’s idea will wind up in the Pantheon of Gadgetbahn Proposals, where many other fantasized transportation solutions are left to oblivion, like this one curious proposal that promised to do the same thing… in 1909. Los Angeles itself has grown weary of such proposals, since the transportation-minded populace has seen similar ideas in the past.