SpaceX is set on Mars, Tesla is taking over Detroit and soon, Elon Musk's next big pet project, the Hyperloop, will be coming to Texas.

The audacious entrepreneur took some time out of his busy schedule launching rockets and criticizing the car industry to reveal the next step in his plan for the Hyperloop. Musk has hypothesized that his vacuum-powered transportation tube concept would be able to take passengers (and vehicles) from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes. 

"Will be building a Hyperloop test track for companies and student teams to test out their pods," Musk wrote on Twitter today. "Most likely in Texas."

The Lone Star State is a logical choice for the Hyperloop's trial runs, considering how last summer Musk decided to build the SpaceX launchpad in South Texas. The commercial launchpad received over $20 million in state and local funds. Musk has estimated that the Hyperloop could cost $6 billion to build.

The Hyperloop is not the only high-speed transportation option that is being proposed to Californians looking for speedy, hassle-free travel across the state. Last week, construction of the state's bullet train broke ground in Fresno, Calif. It's projected that this bullet train will be completed by 2028 and cost upwards of $68 billion.

The fact that the Hyperloop could end up costing a tenth of that led Musk to quip that the state's project has the dubious distinction of being both the slowest and the most expensive bullet train ever built.

But unlike bullet train technology, which has already been perfected by countries all over the world including China, France, Japan, Germany and South Korea, Musk's Hyperloop technology would be first-of-its-kind -- if it happens. The project's real-life feasibility has been questioned by several expert engineers.

 

Published on: Jan 15, 2015