California Redditors hope to make the Hyperloop a reality

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, August 12, 2013 23:30 EDT
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Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled a futuristic transportation system called the Hyperloop on Monday.

Within hours, users of the social news website Reddit started a campaign to make the Hyperloop a reality in California.

Musk was inspired to develop the Hyperloop concept because of his disappointment in California’s planned high-speed rail system. “How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?” he said Monday.

Funding for California’s high-speed rail system was approved by voters in 2008. But the project has faced numerous obstacles. It is now expected to cost about $68 billion to build and not even be completed until 2029.

Redditors at the “HyperloopCAProp” subreddit hope to use the same process that launched the high-speed rail project to begin construction on the Hyperloop. Thanks to California’s proposition system, voters could axe the high-speed rail and fund the Hyperloop instead.

Whether the campaign to make the Hyperloop a reality will get off the ground remains to be seen. If the Hyperloop advocates formulate a proposition, they will need to gather more than 500,000 signatures to get on the state ballot — a significant hurdle.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by the Wall Street Journal, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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