Hyperloops and circular runways

I will appear on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) RN (Radio National) show Future Tense Sunday 7 May 2017 10:30AM. They also have a podcast. In Japan they’re constructing a passenger train system that will travel at speeds in excess of 600 kilometres an hour. Now that’s fast, but it’s not fast enough for some. New […]

With Hyperloop, India eyes an unrealistic future | Quartz

  Ananya Bhattacharya at Quartz India writes: “With Hyperloop, India eyes an unrealistic future.” I remain puzzled by the popularity of Hyperloop. I am quoted. … “I don’t think it’s (Hyperloop) practical any time soon,” David Levinson, a professor of civil engineering at the […] University of Minnesota, said. “Tunneling remains expensive. We have no idea how […]

On the Deployment of Hyperloop

I appeared briefly at 13:oo CDT today on CNBC to talk about Hyperloop, which is in the news because one of the Hyperloop companies (Hyperloop One) had a press release yesterday, changed their name, raised a lot of money, and had a seemingly successful test run today. They asked me some things on the interview, […]

The Hyperloop Boarding and Alighting problem

It has been noted that there is a very short time between Hyperloop capsules arriving at the Hyperloop station. This potentially makes boarding and alighting difficult, since there is no guarantee everyone will take their seats and be strapped in before the next capsule arrives. This requires either the following capsule to deploy its emergency […]

The Transportist: July 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 issue of The Transportist. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter. I was in Brisbane for the WSTLUR 2017 conference at the beginning of the month, and the family moved down, and it’s winter break, so slow this month. Last call (closes July 30) Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in […]

The Transportist: May 2017

Welcome to the May 2017 issue of The Transportist. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter. It is early this month since I will be going inside the great-firewall shortly. Transportist Jobs Recruiting Post-doc (Closing date: 11:30 pm 21 May 2017) ​Recruiting students Transportist Posts Sydney Rail Links and Sydney’s Airports Toll Roads – a view […]

On Elon Musk

Every time I turn around, there is Elon Musk. Most recently he had a long TED presentation. TED interviewer Chris Anderson comes off as credulous — I have a bridge, or a tunnel to sell him. Yet reporters can’t get enough of Musk, and I have been asked to do a number of interviews about various Elon Musk adventures, […]

The Transportist: April 2017

Welcome to the seventh issue of The Transportist. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter. I am pleased to report I am now in Sydney, as long promised. Contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter. Due to the move, it should have been a bit lighter than usual, oh well. Transportist Jobs […]

The Transportist: March 2017

Welcome to the sixth issue of The Transportist. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter. Transportist Posts Transit Ridership On the predictability of the decline of transit ridership More on declining transit ridership Retail Shopping vs. Shipping Fantasy With Hyperloop, India eyes an unrealistic future | Quartz Infrastructure Talking about Infrastructure (me on MPR).  You can find […]