Hyperloops are not yet viable, Transport Canada report says

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Study commissioned by Transport Canada says high-speed concept ‘shows promise,’ but is too expensive and lacks sufficient testing

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Consulting firm Aecom, commissioned by Transport Canada, said it’s questionable whether the technology would rival other modes of transport.“Hyperloop as a new transportation concept shows promise; however, too many uncertainties exist for it to be considered a near-term, viable alternative to present day high-speed rail, maglev [magnetic-levitation trains], or aviation,” according to the report. Aecom declined a request for comment.

Costs associated not only with the technology, but also the design, construction, environmental assessment and land planning, raise the cost to $56-million per kilometre compared to the $19-million initially estimated in 2013. That year, the hyperloop concept was made popular by Tesla founder Elon Musk when he outlined his vision for the super-fast transportation system. The report also stated that prices for passengers would be more comparable to an airplane ticket than a train.

But the report fails to consider recent updates in hyperloop technology, according to TransPod’s co-founder and chief executive officer Sebastien Gendron. He added the Transport Canada-commissioned study falls short of efforts in the European Union and the United States, which have established committees to explore the commercial application and establish standards for the system.Mr. Gendron said he questions Transport Canada’s intentions in commissioning the report.

But instead of focusing on one mode of transportation, the province should consider the needs of the region and identify the best system among the many options, according to Emily Grise, an assistant professor specializing in transport and land-use planning at the University of Alberta.

 

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if build, in thirty years people will wonder why this was ever debated.

of course it's not viable, it's an Alberta idea, let's just keep crushing Alberta

Shocking. It’s not viable, who’d have thought?

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