World’s first hyperloop? Indian route promises Mumbai to Pune in 25 minutes

Summary:

  1. A study conducted by Virgin Hyperloop One estimated that the Pune-Mumbai route could eventually support 150 million passenger trips each year and over 30 years of operation could result in $55bn (INR ₹350,000 crores)-worth of socio-economic benefits — via time savings, emissions and accident reduction, and operational cost savings.
  2. While 760mph is the maximum speed for a hyperloop system conceptually, it seems the vehicle between Pune and Mumbai would be travelling slower than this.
  3. The announcement by Virgin Hyperloop One, lays the groundwork for a hyperloop system capable of travelling between the Indian cities of Pune and Mumbai — about 100 miles by road — in 25 minutes.
  4. The Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project will begin with a six-month in-depth feasibility study, which will analyze and define the route, examining issues such as the environmental impact, economic and commercial aspects, the regulatory framework, and cost and funding model recommendations.
  5. The first step under the agreement between Virgin Hyperloop One and the Indian government, announced today by Virgin Hyperloop One chairman Sir Richard Branson in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be building an operational demonstration track.
  6. A common criticism is that travel on board a hyperloop vehicle would be hugely uncomfortable, with passengers submitted to nausea-inducing levels of g-force, approximately double what they would experience during take-off on a commercial flight.

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