The Hyperloop is an entirely new form of a transportation proposed by welfare billionaire/Tesla founder Elon Musk that would hypothetically shoot capsules of people through what are essentially giant pneumatic tubes, getting travelers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about half an hour. It's supposed to be "ultra-clean, ultra safe, affordable, intra-urban travel at super-high speed." Everyone, including Musk, knows it is hypothetical. What Suprastudio, a master's architecture and design studio at UCLA, and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, (*not the Arts District startup as previously written, but a different company with the same name), presuppose is: maybe it isn't? The two have been working together to come up with a prototype and the Suprastudio students have just released some of their research and proposals, with ideas for routes, station design, capsule design, and more.
Suprastudio suggests several approaches to routes for connecting the major metropolises of the US, and zeroes in on proposals for a Los Angeles-Las Vegas line. They suggest a main Los Angeles station somewhere near Union Station in Downtown, but also have a plan for hubs in Santa Monica and Long Beach, creating a loop around the region with even more stations in between. Gosh, the idea of getting between Downtown and Santa Monica in something like thirty seconds is pretty mouthwatering, huh? Are you a venture capitalist? Maybe you want to go throw millions of dollars at these people!
· Here's the Plan For 35-Minute LA-to-SF Hyperloop Tube Travel [Curbed LA]
· UCLA Architecture School Joins the Hyperloop Prototype Team [Curbed LA]
· See the Offices Where They're Trying to Build the Hyperloop [Curbed LA]