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"When the California "high speed" rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too. How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL - doing incredible things like indexing all the world's knowledge and putting rovers on Mars - would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?"

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Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed
"Entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed details today on a blog about his concept for a high-speed transportation system he calls the Hyperloop. After tweeting that he'd pulled an all-nighter preparing for the announcement, Musk told Businessweek that the design could transport people as well as cars inside aluminum pods that move up to 800 miles per hour through a tube."

Hyperloop vs. world's fastest trains
"Just how fast would the Hyperloop transportation system envisioned by entrepreneur Elon Musk have to be? Try more than twice as fast as the fastest commercial train in the world."

Hyperloop Update: Elon Musk Will Start Developing It Himself
"Elon Musk just finished a phone call with reporters explaining a little more about his Hyperloop idea. Before the call he posted the link to a 57-page outline describing what it might entail.Here are a few other things Musk mentioned and clarified while on the call:"

China's new bullet train is world's fastest, smashes record
"Bigger, better faster" is a perhaps the most apt way to describe China's ambitious approach to revamping its infrastructure. For instance, the world's second largest economy boasts the two longest bridges in the world, including the world's longest seabridge unveiled back in July."

Five of the Fastest Trains in the World
"While politicians, lobbyists and NIMBY-minded residents are still debating the merits and flaws of the approved high-speed rail system that will run from San Francisco to Los Angeles, HSR has been a standard mode of travel in Europe and Asia for decades."

Elon Musk Unveils Plans for Hyperloop High-Speed Train
"Never let it be said that Elon Musk, a serial entrepreneur who was a co-founder of PayPal and the electric car company Tesla Motors, is afraid to think big."

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