PPD 360 Final Report PPT WO Name (PDF)

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Title: Alternatives Analysis Report:
Author: Griffin Kantz

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Alternatives Analysis Report:
California High-Speed Rail vs. Hyperloop

December 1, 2015

Briefing of Alternatives
Alternatives Comparison
(Image: I-5 Grapevine corridor in
Winter 2013)

High-Speed Rail Alternative
• 2008 – Proposition 1A (voters)
 Provided $9.95 billion to HSR project
 Los Angeles to San Francisco in
 Must serve Bakersfield & Fresno
 Estimated $45 billion

California High-Speed Rail
 2014 Business Plan: $67.6 billion in
future dollars for Phase I
 ~$7.3b funding, state & federal
Image source: CHSRA

High-Speed Rail Alternative
• 2029 – Phase I
• 20?? – Phase II
• 36 miles of tunnels
• Top speed = 220 mph
 Spain, France, Japan
 U.S.: 150 mph

~490 miles
(~430 miles)

• Min. av. speed = 184 mph

 No international comparison
 U.S.: 80 mph

High-Speed Rail Alternative
29 miles (Madera-Fresno)
currently under construction
82 more miles (FresnoBakersfield) ready for
construction contracts by
Environmental & Engineering
in process for all other

Image source: LA Streetsblog

August 2013 - Elon Musk & Tesla Motors:
“Hyperloop Alpha”

Hyperloop Alternative
• 10 ft diameter tube
• Internal air pressure: 0.015 psi ~~ 1/1000th
Earth’s atmosphere
• “Pods” riding on air cushions
• Turbine mounted on front

Hyperloop Alternative
• Top: 760 MPH
• Av: 600 MPH
• Los Angeles – San Francisco: 35 min
• $6 billion (???)

Hyperloop Alternative

~360 miles

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