In each issue of Distro, Executive Editor Marc Perton publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.
If you can say one thing about Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla Motors, it’s that he thinks big. After making his fortune by selling his online payments company to PayPal, he’s focused on creating entirely new industries, including commercial rocketry and electric cars. His latest idea, the Hyperloop, could eclipse both of those, at least in creative vision. The high-speed transportation system is basically a modern take on the pneumatic tube, and could potentially hurl travelers from Los Angeles to San Francisco at over 700 miles per hour, bridging the two cities in just about a half-hour. The cost to taxpayers: a mere $6 billion.
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Editor’s Letter: Is Hyperloop loopy, or the future of public transportation?