Texas Matters: Is Hyperloop The Future Of Transportation Or Just A Pipe Dream?

Jul 13, 2018

On this episode of "Texas Matters," we discuss the Dallas Fort-Worth Regional Transportation Council's plan to study bringing hyperloop to the DFW area.

Steven Duong joins us to discuss the issue. He is the Hyperloop Texas project lead for AECOM, a Fortune 500 engineering and construction firm.

A drive from Dallas to Laredo is 430 miles, and if Interstate-35 doesn’t hang-up with traffic congestion, it can be driven in under seven hours. But in a hyperloop pod, that trip would take less than an hour. And going to San Antonio from Austin would required about 10 minutes of time in the tube.

Hyperloop is a developing technology that uses mag-lev pods in near vacuum tubes traveling at super high speeds. So far, it's an experimental technology that looks promising but it has its doubters.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org or on Twitter @DavidMartinDavi