Peas In An Ever-Faster Pod? Ctd

Alon Levy, who blogs frequently about mass transit, hates on the Hyperloop:

My specific problems are that Hyperloop a) made up the cost projections, b) has awful passenger comfort, c) has very little capacity, and d) lies about energy consumption of conventional [high speed rail]. All of these come from Musk’s complex in which he must reinvent everything and ignore prior work done in the field; these also raise doubts about the systems safety that he claims is impeccable.

Tyler Cowen notes that you “can already fly LA to San Francisco in about an hour”:

Flying is carbon-negative, but of course building and running a hyperloop would be too.  In any case, it is hard to believe that a hyperloop is the marginally cost effective way to reduce carbon emissions, compared to say shutting down some more dirty coal or pricing traffic congestion.

Previous Dish on the Hyperloop here and here.