The Hyperloop: The future of travel or a fanciful space-age hamster tube?

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The polished promotional video for what’s being promoted as the world’s first Hyperloop route, between Chicago and Cleveland, features a rough-voiced narrator extolling the no-nonsense virtues of the midwest. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) claims that within three to five years it can build a 340-mile corridor of vacuum-sealed tubes on pylons for shooting passengers in pods as fast as 760 mph, reducing the journey to less than 30 minutes.

“Where do you go to make dreams, to build them with metal and glass and your own two hands?,” the narrator says as the camera gazes up at Chicago’s sloping, mist-enshrouded Chase Tower before the clip cuts to other rust-belt skyscrapers and an Art Institute lion. “You go to cities like Cleveland and Chicago, Pittsburgh and Detroit. . . . The midwest is a place that drops its welding mask over its face and gets to work.”

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