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This $130 million ‘Hyperloop Hotel’ would allow people to travel between cities in luxury rooms

(from Business Insider UK)

When you go out of town, you usually need to buy a few nights at a hotel in addition to a plane, train, or bus ticket.

Brandan Siebrecht, a graduate architecture student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, wants to combine these components into one experience. He designed what he calls the “Hyperloop Hotel,” a system that would feature a transit system and 13 hotels in different cities throughout the United States.

Siebrecht is the student winner of this year’s Radical Innovation Award , a competition for imaginative hotel designs. In June, a jury of seven hotel investors, developers, and architects selected Driftscape as the one of two finalists out of over 65 submissions from 24 countries.

The futuristic concept would eliminate the need to buy separate transit tickets for most of the largest cities in the US. It calls for hotels in 13 locations — Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Sante Fe, Austin, Chicago, Nashville, Washington, DC, New York City, and Boston — which would all be connected by a “Hyperloop system.”

The design was inspired by DevLoop, a real test track for Hyperloop One being developed north of Las Vegas. A concept first introduced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2013, a hyperloop is a mode of transportation that would propel a pod-like vehicle through a reduced-pressure tube. Hyperloop One wants the system to be energy-efficient, autonomous, and quicker than a plane.

Though the project is still conceptual and has experienced delays, the startup has said its goal is to deliver a fully operational system by 2020.

For a flat fee of $1,200, Hyperloop Hotel guests would be able to zoom quickly between the network of cities, all while never leaving their room, Siebrecht tells Business Insider. He hasn’t estimated what each night would cost yet.

“Guests would be able to travel to any hotel destination within the network and even visit multiple destinations in a single day,” Siebrecht said.

The size of the modular hotels, which Siebrecht estimates would cost around $10 million each to build, would depend on the location. Hotels in dense cities would likely have smaller footprints than ones in less dense areas.

Guest suites would be made of re-purposed shipping containers that Siebrecht says would be “outfitted for luxury.” Each would include an office, a living room with a flatscreen TV, a bedroom, and a bathroom.

There are no concrete plans to build the first Hyperloop Hotel, since the technology and infrastructure it would require doesn’t actually exist.

Siebrecht believes construction of his hotel concept could be feasible within the next five to 10 years.

“I believe the Hyperloop One is the next big innovation in transportation in the United States and possibly the world,” he said. “I wanted to explore ways in which this technology could transform the overall travel experience and hospitality.

Meet The 89-Year Old Reinventing The Train In Back Yard


Sunny day at a vineyard in the northern California town of Ukiah, a most unusual train chugs through a field of barely budding syrah grapes. Well, it doesn’t chug so much as whoosh because this train—actually, a one-sixth scale train—doesn’t rely upon a diesel engine or electricity to get around. It uses vacuum power and heavy duty magnets.

The 89-year-old man who built it believes it could change how the world moves.

That man is Max Schlienger, an accomplished engineer who owns the vineyard and leads his family-run company Flight Rail Corp. Its sole product, the “Vectorr” system, uses a propulsion method like no other: Between the rails lies a PVC pipe, 12 inches in diameter, connected to a pump that can draw all of the air out of the pipe or fill it. Within the pipe you’ll find something Schlienger calls a thrust carriage, which is connected to the train with powerful magnets. This carriage is about the size and shape of a large watermelon and moves back and forth through the pipe under vacuum power, bringing the train with it.

This weird but clever product works something like the vaunted hyperloop, but rather than shooting a pod full of people through a tube, it shoots a carriage through a tube. And, like the people behind hyperloop, Schlienger remains convinced it represents the future of transportation. “We’ll get someone, somewhere, to say we want to do it,” Schlienger says. “And we’ll put all our energy into it.”

Schlienger stands well over six feet tall, with a rod-straight back, a nice head of white hair, and bright blue eyes. He still drives his GMC pickup, and during a drive across his vineyard pointed out the varietals he raises: cabernet, sauvignon blanc, merlot, syrah. In a good year, he harvests 500 tons, selling them to wineries.

After enlisting in the Navy at 17 at the tail end of World War II and serving on a submarine tender, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native spent several decades as an engineer, specializing in metallurgy, high-strength magnets, and nuclear waste management. He holds 24 patents for things like a “rotatable plasma torch,” a “system for feeding toxic waste drums into a treatment chamber,” and, of course, a “magnetically coupled transportation module.” After selling his metallurgy company in the 1990s, Schlienger started raising grapes. Why not, he figured. He had the room, and it would be an interesting change after a lifetime of working in labs and factories.

But Schlienger is no Diocletian, quietly tending to his farm after a lifetime of hard work. Grapes are a sideline. What he really wants to do is bring the Flight Rail train to life.
Back to life, actually.

The Atmospheric Railway
Schlienger is reprising an idea railway engineers in England and France floated in the 1820s and 30s, when people called it the “atmospheric railway.” If you could separate the locomotive and its fuel from the rest of the train, you’d make the train lighter and the system more efficient. The system worked a lot like the Flight Rail, but instead of magnets, the a piston connected the thrust carriage and the train. The engineers lined the slot with leather to maintain the seal, and coated the leather with tallow to protect it from the elements.

The problem is, the tallow attracted rats. For this and other reasons, the atmospheric railway didn’t work all that well and never caught on. “Had they had the high-strength magnets that we have today, they probably would have done the same thing we’re doing now,” Schlienger says.
Schlienger grew up loving model trains, but never imagined a career on the tracks. Then, one day about 20 years ago, he says, he just thought of using vacuum power to move a train—without any idea people had tried it before. (His son discovered the old atmospheric railway in a book of failed inventions, which somehow discouraged nobody involved.) He’s been working on it ever since. But unlike every media-trained startup founder, he doesn’t cite a definitive “a-ha moment” that showed him the way. He simply found the idea interesting. As problems arose, he’d ponder them, solve them, and move on, building one model after another to test his theories.

About two years ago, Schlienger figured he was well enough along to build a one-sixth scale system to really shake down his idea. He built the train (which could fit one prone person, but isn’t meant to), to demonstrate the benefits of moving the power source from the train to the track. The Flight Rail easily scales a 10 percent grade, far steeper than conventional trains can handle. It runs quietly, eschews ugly overhead power lines, and can use renewable energy to drive the pumps that create the vacuum. (For now, Schlienger uses a diesel generator.)

Schlienger images Flight Rail lines running along highway medians, or anywhere else you might want to move people or stuff. He leaves those details to others. For now, he simply wants to prove there’s a better way of powering trains. “Everyone else is tied into the standard gauge railroad trains that we have today,” he says. “I think that’s a stagnation point in the way people think.”

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HYPERLOOP ONE Has An Aggresive European Schedule

Nearly a year after it revealed a crop of proposed routes in the United States, Hyperloop One has now unveiled semi-finalist proposals for a European Hyperloop. Germany, Scotland, and Spain were among the countries with interest in the new transit tech, according to CNBC. One proposed circular route would go around Germany and hit cities including Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, and Cologne. Another would circle the Netherlands via Amsterdam in the north and Eindhoven in the south.

The Hyperloop is a concept transportation technology that uses a system of vacuum tubes to transport pods of people or goods at speeds of up to 750 miles per hour. The idea was first popularized by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2013. Since then, companies have emerged to build this futuristic transport system. Hyperloop One expects to have a full-systems test of its product later this year.

Some New Ideas For Partnering on our HYPERLOOP

First of all, how about partnering with another HYPERLOOP that starts in Pittsburg, goes through Columbus and “lands” in Chicago?

See their presentation on

How the Hyperloop Could Transform the Midwest

After reading about HYPERLOOP, you know that freight is just as important as passenger travel. Well, we have found the perfect partner in Northern Indiana. They can work with us in Louisville and Indianapolis too.

Anacostia Rail Holdings Company owns and operates freight railroads in the United States. Our services provide our customers with neutral access to the larger Class 1 railroads. Our services also include car switching for intermodal terminals and various industries, track maintenance and repair, freight trans-loading, and train dispatching.

Next, how about a Chicago Bypass for freight?

Where East meets West: Any railroad car entering Chicago from any direction can leave in any other direction. It’s done by means of junctions.

World’s greatest junction: Like cruising cabs on city streets, transfer locomotives run from one railroad to another on Chicago’s maze of trackage.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? But why do you need it if your shipping something from St Louis to Buffalo or from Milwaukee to Indianapolis.

HYPERLOOP ONE Keeps Getting Smarter. Soon They Will HYPERLOOP!

Our Company.

Called many things: In the HYPERLOOP World: “The Muhammad Ali HYPERLINK”
Our major project is a HYPERLOOP between Louisville, Kentucky and Chicago

We have always been associated with HYPERLOOP ONE

Always been concerned with HYPERLOOP ONE financing, so we are investing time, thoughts, love with VENTURE CAPITAL people.

HYPERLOOP ONE is growing staff and now able to communicate great ideas with us indians: Three Smart Takes On Hyperloop, The Global Supply Chain, And The Infinite Suburb

To celebrate Infrastructure Week, we hosted a series of conversations with people who have ideas for making the global economy more productive, competitive, and safe. Bottom line: It’s time to invest in new ways to move people and goods. It’s #TimeToBuild.

Q&A: Geo-strategist And Best-selling Author Parag Khanna:
The Emerging Global Power That Knows No Borders

Building Big Projects Requires Big Thinking

What is Hyperloop? It’s the next mode of transportation. Combine the speed of an airplane, the capacity of a metro, the convenience of an automobile and the comfort of an elevator. It’s efficient and on-demand. Only Hyperloop One is building it.

In other projects: The Railroad from Beacon to Hopewell Junction to Southeast is DEAD according to the NY City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. We looked at it. But too short for a HYPERLOOP. Now Governor Cuomo of NY (who REALLY runs the NY City Metropolitan Transportation Authority along with Senator Chuck Schumer) gets his wish A RAIL TRAIL

Leaders at MORPC Recognized by Columbus Business First

Each spring Columbus Business First recognizes 40 individuals under 40 for their leadership in the public and private sectors throughout Central Ohio. MORPC is proud to have Thea Walsh, MORPC’s Director of Transportation Systems and Funding and Rory McGuiness, MORPC’s Vice Chair and Deputy Director for Administration for the City of Columbus’ Department of Development make the 2017 list.

Thea Walsh is one of the youngest regional transportation directors in the country at a major planning organization. Over the past year, Walsh led a transportation team and assisted in organizing an effort that secured a semi-finalist position for the Midwest Connect project in the Hyperloop One Global Competition. The Midwest Connect Hyperloop corridor is a proposed freight and passenger transportation corridor between Chicago and Pittsburgh via Columbus. Hyperloop technology is a new mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination.

Walsh manages a large technical team, staffs several community boards, and runs services touching MORPC’s 15-county region. With an annual program budget of $33 million, Walsh leads transportation projects and services that are changing the fabric of Central Ohio’s transportation system for the better.

Through his leadership at the city and at MORPC, Rory McGuiness was a driving force in Columbus winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge last year. Smart Columbus will deliver an unprecedented multimodal transportation system that will not only benefit the residents of Columbus, but all of Central Ohio.

McGuiness oversees and coordinates the Department of Development’s activities of the Fiscal, Human Resources, Public Information, Technology, and Legislative Affairs areas. These areas provide the administrative support needed to execute the core missions of the department. From 2012 to 2015, Rory served as a Special Assistant and then Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Michael B. Coleman and was the liaison to the Departments of Development, Building & Zoning Services, Public Service, and Recreation & Parks.

“We are extremely proud to have Thea and Rory as leaders on our MORPC team,” said William Murdock, MORPC’s Executive Director. “Their special contribution to the organization and our board consistently brings steady, informed expertise and new ideas to make MORPC a better place to work and to make us a stronger organization in our service to Central Ohio.”

The Hyperloop Proposal to Connect Boston & Providence Has a Personal Mission


Imagine if you could travel from Boston to Providence in less than 20 minutes.

Considering a typical drive or train ride takes a little over an hour, the implications would be immense. It would change how people decide where to live and work. And if such transportation was affordable enough, it could have a large impact on the working class by opening up the geography of opportunities they have access to.

This is part of the grand vision of Hyperloop, the high-speed form of transportation conceived by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. But a proposal to connect Boston and Providence with Hyperloop’s electric propulsion pod travel technology is surprisingly personal and has a lot less to do with Boston and Providence than it does a small town in southern Massachusetts.

That small town is Somerset, about a 20-mile drive east from Providence, and it’s the cornerstone of the Hyperloop Boston-Providence proposal that is competing with 34 other projects across the world for a chance to get built. They were chosen out of a pool of 2,600 teams from across the world, and Hyperloop One, the company running the Global Challenge competition, is expected to announce three winning proposals by the end of the summer.

For Holly McNamara, who’s leading the Hyperloop Massachusetts project, the 64-mile proposal is about putting Somerset on the map and giving her hometown — and the surrounding area, which includes Fall River — an economic boost that it’s very much in need of. For decades, she said, Somerset hasn’t had a direct transit line to Boston. And the closure of two local power plants over the past several years have created a massive drain on jobs and tax revenue for the town. Hyperloop Massachusetts could also boost an offshore wind farm development that has been proposed off the coast of Somerset.

“We figured it would be a perfect opportunity to put the South Coast back on the map,” she said.

With the Commonwealth of Massachusetts currently working on a South Coast commuter rail plan, McNamara said the Hyperloop could serve as an important supplement. An estimated Hyperloop trip from Boston to Somerset would only take about five to 10 minutes, McNamara said, which could incentivize people to work longer distances from where they live.

“It will change our perception of time,” she said. “It will change everyone’s lifestyle.”

The Hyperloop would also be able to carry cargo, which could have major implications for logistics, as well.

After growing up in Somerset and getting a degree in civil engineering at Cornell University, McNamara moved to the West Coast and lived in California for 14 years working in various engineering jobs. Then, four years ago, she moved back to Somerset and was elected to become one of the town’s three selectmen in 2016. When she learned about Hyperloop One’s Global Challenge last year, she saw it as the perfect opportunity to improve her town and region’s economy.

The Hyperloop Massachusetts proposal has since received endorsements from several politicians, including U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, as well as state legislators and town officials from Fall River, New Bedford and Somerset

Will Trump Fast Track the Hyperloop?

Guest editorial by Jeff Siegel

How the Hyperloop Could Cement a Positive Legacy for Trump

I’m not exactly sure how Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan will go down.

To be honest, I still don’t even know exactly what it is. I suspect we’ll find out soon enough.

Whatever the plan is, however, I do hope it’s one that embraces technological innovation over knuckle-dragging complacency.

In other words, we need to do much more than repair bridges and roads.

If the United States has any intention of being relevant in the 21st century, it must shed the stench of mediocrity when it comes to infrastructure. Sure, roads and bridges are necessary. But so are next-generation power supplies and transportation systems.

The days of coal are coming to an end – at least in terms of electricity generation. Nuclear is a non-starter due to continued NIMBY issues, and now, the bankruptcy of the only company that had any real skin in the nuclear game – Westinghouse.

In a modern world, where modern infrastructure will be paramount to a strong economy and national security, things like wind, solar, large-scale storage and distributed energy systems are incredibly important. These things offer long-term cost advantages and opportunities to combat climate change without burdening taxpayers.

New transportation systems are a must, too.

The passenger rail system in this country, for instance, is so horrible, it rivals only a select few rail systems in third world nations and in former communist countries where some of those trains no longer run, and instead serve as “homes” for the homeless.

I’ve been on trains all over the world, and when you take a ride on Japan’s Shinkansen or Germany’s ICE, you realize just how pathetically embarrassing the rail system is in this country. But we can change this.

Make America Great Again – with the Hyperloop

Donald Trump wants to make America great again.

One way to do that is by introducing and facilitating a next-level high-speed rail system that’ll be the envy of the world.

A train system, that’s not really a train at all.

I’m talking about the hyperloop – a real next-generation high-speed transportation system that could give us the kind of competitive advantage that we really no longer have. At least in terms of transportation and infrastructure.

Now if you’re unfamiliar with the Hyperloop, this is a mode of transportation that pushes pods through reduced-pressure tubes at an average speed of 650 mph. The idea was created by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2012, and today, there are a number of companies actively looking to perfect and build Hyperloop systems for both passenger and freight travel.

Now while there’s a lot of enthusiasm about the Hyperloop, there are also a few obstacles. One of which is bureaucracy.

As reported in Verge, the Hyperloop is being built from scratch without any of the right-of-way allowances, land acquisitions, or regulatory approvals that other modes of transportation, like the railway, currently enjoy.

Dean Wise from BNSF Railway commented on this issue, saying …

It is very difficult to build anything new in the US of scale, particularly when you go into port areas where there is many competing interests. And as someone who’s primarily privately funded, we have a billion dollars of hot money in our hand, ready to build some facilities on the West Coast. And we saw the five-year delays, the eight-year delay, and now nothing happens… When projects don’t get built at all, why should someone engage in that effort?

An inconvenient truth, indeed.

But here’s the thing …

The Hyperloop could completely change the paradigm of high-speed transportation in the U.S.

In comparison to what Amtrak offers, this thing could be …

1.) Cheaper to build and operate

2.) Faster and more efficient

3.) Profitable

4.) Environmentally-friendlier

5.) Free from the bureaucratic buffoonery that’s make Amtrak the disastrous money pit it is.

Of course, the Hyperloop won’t be built overnight, but if Trump takes some initiative on this, his efforts could ultimately be compared to the efforts of Dwight Eisenhower, who made sure the interstate highway system was built.

That would be an amazing legacy for Trump, and an amazing opportunity for him to really make America great again. I hope someone in his inner circle persuades him to fast-track any efforts to make the United States the home of the Hyperloop. I think that’s something most Americans – both republicans and democrats – could get behind.

Help for Poor United Airlines is On The Way

United Airlines monopolized the news today and yesterday. They literally threw passengers off their airplane to get their crews for Louisville on board. A PR, Facebook and media thing that made them look SICK.

Soon we have help for them. The Muhammad Ali Hyperlink will bring their people to Louisville in less time than their airplane will!!!!!!

Times Between Chicago and Louisville

HYPERLOOP Downtown Louisville to Gary International Airport

266 miles in 35 minutes

South Shore Line To Downtown

30 miles in 54 minutes

TOTAL 296 miles in 89 minutes

Flight Louisville to Downtown Chicago

Louisville Downtown to airport

10 miles in 15 minutes


287 miles 30 minutes

Airport to Downtown (CTA)

26 miles 72 minutes

TOTAL 323 miles in 117 minutes

AMTRAK No Service

Drive Louisville to Downtown Chicago

297 miles in 279 minutes