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Topic Reading-Vol.2931-4/20/2020

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2020/04/20 Topic Reading-Vol.2931-4/20/2020

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Dutch Hyperloop plan eyes Paris to Amsterdam in 90 minutes

Originally proposed by Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX, Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system whose pod in a sealed tube could travel at the speed of an airliner.

Inside the low-pressured sealed tube, a pod can travel with minimal air resistance or friction. This could save time for traveling while reducing fuel energy consumption. It sounds like a good alternative to air traveling. A recent study suggests that Hyperloop could transport as many as 200,000 passengers per hour, per direction between Amsterdam and Paris. It takes only in an hour and a half, less than half the time of today’s train travel.

The question is if such a new form of fast transportation meets the interests of investors, passengers, and environmentalists. Will it deliver a handsome return on investment? How much more money will passengers have to pay to save 90 minutes? Will it really reduce the use of fossil fuels without adding carbon footprint? Also, will that be a better alternative than other ground transportation like Maglev or highspeed railways?

Enjoy reading the article and think if the world will see this quite different form of transportation in the near future.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/hyperloop-paris-amsterdam/index.html

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