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$2 million study looks at hyperloop 700 mph transit that would cross Pennsylvania
The Patriot-News ^ | September 26, 2019 | Jana Benscoter

Posted on 10/13/2019 8:19:47 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Will a hyperloop work in Pennsylvania?

That’s the question officials from legislative and executive branches, statewide agencies, organizations and departments, as well as a handful of private business leaders are trying to answer.

Fifty people, invited to a workshop at Dixon University in Harrisburg on Wednesday, met to talk about the possibility of building a hyperloop system in the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has until April 2020 to complete a $2 million state-legislative commissioned study on its viability.

Media wasn’t permitted to attend the invitation-only meeting.

According to the turnpike’s research, a hyperloop combines a magnetic levitation train and a low pressure transit tube to propel “pods or capsules” at high rates of speed. It can travel up to 700 mph.

There are currently no hyperloop systems constructed worldwide, but the first to-scale hyperloop is expected to break ground in 2020-21 in either India or United Arab Emirates. The challenge here is how well it will work on Pennsylvania’s terrain, said Barry Altman, the state’s hyperloop project manager, during a phone interview before Wednesday’s workshop.

"We recognize that on the front end, geography is a key issue,” Altman said. "Pennsylvania is not ideal for hyperloop, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be built.” He acknowledged those factors could make building one in the state more expensive and longer to complete than in other states. No cost estimates have been discussed publicly at this point.

State Rep. Aaron Kaufer, a Luzerne County Republican, attended the meeting. He spearheaded and co-sponsored House Bill 1057, legislation that directed the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to conduct the study. AECOM, a Los-Angeles, California-based engineering firm, is analyzing what it would take to build a hyperloop tube that would run from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg to Philadelphia and then north toward Luzerne County.

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1 posted on 10/13/2019 8:19:47 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sure. Why should California have all the fun?


2 posted on 10/13/2019 8:21:36 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: BobL; sphinx; Publius; GreenLanternCorps

PING.


3 posted on 10/13/2019 8:23:24 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Wonder, joy, and glory! Now PA can go broke along with CA pursuing a fraudulent boondoggle.


4 posted on 10/13/2019 8:25:21 PM PDT by libstripper (a bit,)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How about one from DC to Gitmo?


5 posted on 10/13/2019 8:29:25 PM PDT by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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To: libstripper

The only reason these loony ideas have any traction is that the criminal class (aka: politicians) are quite willing to waste OPM (other peoples’ money) on it irregardless of the idea’s merits.


6 posted on 10/13/2019 8:32:52 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp???)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Pittsburgh to Harrisburg to Philadelphia and then north toward Luzerne County.

So you could vote in 4 counties on Election Day ...

7 posted on 10/13/2019 8:33:53 PM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: hal ogen

Bingo!!! Best post of the day. You have won the seven exclamation mark prize. !!!!!!!


8 posted on 10/13/2019 8:40:50 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has done such a wonderful job on the turnpike that it only makes sense to put them in charge of this project.


9 posted on 10/13/2019 8:43:29 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A choo choo! We libs love us some choo choos!


10 posted on 10/13/2019 8:45:40 PM PDT by j.havenfarm ( 2,000 posts as of 1/16/19. A FReeper since 2000; never shutting up!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hey for 2 million bucks I’ll study anything!


11 posted on 10/13/2019 8:48:32 PM PDT by Free in Texas (Celebrate diversity. Own firearms of every caliber.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
MONORAIL!!


12 posted on 10/13/2019 8:55:38 PM PDT by Lockbar (What would Vlad The Impaler do?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So how many people will need to get from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in half an hour?

How much will it cost to travel?


13 posted on 10/13/2019 8:57:22 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How in the heck can I get this “study” money for so many government things.

For just $1 million I can hit google over a week or 2, go visit some cool places and contract a few engineers I know from college, then write a 600 page report no one will read.

And that is just for this one.


14 posted on 10/13/2019 8:58:13 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (As always IMHO)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Climate Change pays very well.


15 posted on 10/13/2019 8:58:36 PM PDT by bray (Pray for President Trump)
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To: freedumb2003

LOL!


16 posted on 10/13/2019 8:58:38 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

>>So how many people will need to get from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in half an hour?<<

Worse, how many people WANT to go from Pittsburgh to Philly in ANY length of time?


17 posted on 10/13/2019 8:59:23 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (As always IMHO)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

It’s actually going to be a freight-only system, as currently envisioned.


18 posted on 10/13/2019 9:00:01 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Driving across PA is an experience in east coast geology. Flat piedmont, up to hills and mountains. Then back down across glacial valleys, down to the Great Lakes. Yeah, zipping across that at 700 mph would be a thrill ride.


19 posted on 10/13/2019 9:13:15 PM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If you could actually move bulk freight from Philly to Pittsburg in a half an hour for a cost orders of magnitude less than it would cost for air travel, it would be a big win. If you could link in hooks in Scranton and Harrisburg, this hypothetical hyperloop could change the state of freight and logistics across the east coast. That is a fact.

Also... another fact: If my grandmother had wheels, she would be a bicycle. There’s just no way to eminent domain that much territory through over and under existing towns, mountains and established infrastructure to build up to the potential, much less incorporate a complex system of transfer terminals into existing logistics facilities and establish competitive freight rates. Even if the territory could be allocated for an efficient route and the Boring company be able to efficiently carve out tunnels through mountainsides and across rivers without causing a calamity for crackers, some politician would get elected on a promise that seriously this time property taxes would go down if we just passed a hyperloop tax. Since it would take years to build such a project, any tax would be imposed, raised, and then earmarked to be diverted to the turnpike commission pension fund well before the first dollar was collected.

In a state as gleefully corrupt in it’s transportation sector as PA, there will just be too many hands grabbing at the cookie jar to allow it to work.


20 posted on 10/13/2019 9:19:00 PM PDT by jz638
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