Elon Musk Hyperloop May Have Terminus Near Camden Yards

NBC Washington

Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s digging company, Boring Co., could start the construction of hyperloop tunnels, terminating near West Pratt and South Paca streets in Baltimore, as early as January, according to documents obtained by Capital News Service.

In a conditional utility permit granted to Boring Co. by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration on Oct. 16, Musk’s company estimates it will begin digging two parallel, 12.4-mile transportation tunnels in January 2018.

The document lists the start location as “immediately north of MD 175” and details a dig to “within 0.25 miles of intersection of W. Pratt and S. Paca” -about a block from Oriole Park at Camden Yards – with tunnels running under the approximate route of the Maryland-owned section of Route 295, or the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Steve Davis, an employee at SpaceX, one of Musk’s companies focused on rocket and spacecraft manufacturing, signed Boring Co.’s application for the conditional permit. He was also in email exchanges with Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn and his staff, where Davis arranged meetings with Maryland officials in September and November.

In those same emails, Rahn touches on some of the confusion surrounding Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s October announcement in support of Musk’s hyperloop: What technology is being installed underneath Route 295?

Boring Co., a company started by Musk, envisions tunnels that will cart cars and people underneath major cities on electric sleds at speeds approaching 150 mph.

Musk has already begun implementing his vision near Los Angeles, starting construction of a tunnel underneath SpaceX’s facility in Hawthorne, California, and sharing a map Dec. 4 detailing proposed routes.

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NYC’s best new architecture of 2017

Curbed NY

One of the Second Avenue subway stations, which opened at the beginning of 2017.

The “oh my God, finally!” award

The biggest game-changer of the year, in our eyes, wasn’t a building at all; it was the opening of the Second Avenue subway, which has been nearly a century in the making. While not quite an architectural masterpiece, as Curbed critic Alexandra Lange noted, the line’s four stations were nevertheless the biggest change to the urban landscape this year, and a long time coming. Hop off the trains to peek at the art in the subway stops—Chuck Close’s celeb portraits at 86th Street may get most of the attention, but Vik Munoz’s mosaics at 72nd Street depicting everyday New Yorkers are the real stars.

Hollywood a Possible Neighborhood Center for Planned Tri-Rail Coastal Link

Hollywood Gazette

Patti Morin wants to be able to travel more throughout South Florida. But she is concerned about the growing amount of traffic and the difficulty of traveling by car in the region.

“We need more public transportation in this area,” said Morin.

“The congestion on I-95 is getting worse,” noted Achim Nowak “It is becoming harder for people to use their cars. I think a new train station would be wonderful for Hollywood.”

Morin and Nowak were among the local residents, business owners and community stakeholders participating in the Tri-Rail Coastal Link Station Area Master Plan Community Planning Session on Saturday, December 2, at the Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center in Hollywood. The planned service, designed to be a major commuter railroad for the east coast of Florida from Miami to Jupiter, would operate on the Florida East Coast Railroad (FEC) track on Dixie Highway (Tri-Rail and other passenger trains now use the CSX tracks which run near I-95). Hollywood leaders are working closely with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, planning and zoning officials and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority to make it happen. A Hollywood station would be a strategic stop between the major hubs of Aventura and Fort Lauderdale. The train station would be at the center of a larger community that would include business and housing development. Public sentiment at the meeting was leaning toward a downtown location near the Lippman Center.

Dana Little, urban design director for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, said the meeting offered people an opportunity to create their desired train stations for the service’s master plan. Working together in groups, they presented recommendations including more green space, housing and business projects and efforts to improve the area. They want a new train station and updated development to surround it. Most of those who participated believe there is a need for more effective public transportation and an effort to encourage more people to walk or cycle in Hollywood.

The planned Tri-Rail Coastal Link service on the FEC railway is a strategic investment for South Florida and could help in the economic development of the region. The Coastal Link will generate an extensive range of benefits that go beyond the direct impact of any individual project, including spurring economic development, creating jobs, improving regional access and mobility and providing opportunities for transit-oriented development. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, the Florida Department Transportation Council and the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils are working together to develop the Coastal Link service.

More information is available at http://tri-railcoastallink.com

Case Study: Shipping From China (As A Novice)

We are entering the shipping business! In an attempt to gain more information, we tried the “WEB”. Not having our “license” yet, I could not request an actual quote yet. FACT: Sailing time will only vary by only 2/3 days depending on the actual port of departure in China.

There are so many variables in planning a move. Type of equipment. Weather. Fuel prices. Think we will work with professionals.

Couple of facts I picked up:

Long Beach 20 days, but we will need a transcontinental rail trip.

New York/New Jersey 34 days??? Panama Canal or Europe?? Hard to believe 14 days to go through the new Panama Canal and go up to one of the rail ports on US seaboard.

It’s also possible to start a trip from the East Coast of United States, passing through the Panama Canal. This will add around 8-10 days to the journey.

Did pick up some good links to use. https://cargofromchina.com/sea-freight/#container-type gives ideas on container size.

Among the world’s top 10 ports in 2016, more than half are located in China, actually 7 of 10. Here’s a rundown.

Port Volume 2016 (‘000 TEUs) Rank in China Rank Worldwide
Shanghai 37 133 1 1
Shenzhen 23 979 2 3
Ningbo-Zhoushan 21 561 3 4
Hong Kong 19 813 4 5
Guangzhou 18 850 5 7
Qingdao 18 050 6 8
Tianjin 14 519 7 10
Dalian 8 15
Xiamen 9 16

Major Carriers – Top 16 Biggest Players
There are 79753 vessels totally, 5064 of them are containerships (data till 05-2017). Now the biggest container vessel has the capacity of more than 20,000 TEUs.

Here’s a table below showing the Top 16 Big Players in Container Shipping (06-2017).
Carrier Short Name Total TEU Share Flag Country
APM-Maersk MSK 3,358,346 16.1% Denmark
Mediterranean Shg Co MSC 3,056,560 14.6% Italy
CMA CGM Group CMA 2,316,751 11.1% France
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd COSCO 1,734,419 8.3% China
Hapag-Lloyd AG HPL 1,529,732 7.3% Germany
Evergreen Marine Corp. EMC 1,024,118 4.9% Taiwan
Orient Overseas Container Line OOCL 686,484 3.3% Hong Kong
NYK Line NYK 585,172 2.8% Japan
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. YML 581,431 2.8% Taiwan
Hamburg Süd Group HBS 562,764 2.7% Germany
MOL Liner MOL 518,185 2.5% Janpan
Pacific Int. Line PIL 371,833 1.8% Singpore
Hyundai M.M. HMM 366,692 1.8% Korea
“K” Line KLINE 358,498 1.7% Janpan
ZIM ZIM 340,976 1.6% Israel
Wan Hai Lines WHL 225,575 1.1% Taiwan

Click here to find your shipment transit time.


Very interesting exercise.