Tube travel: New York to Los Angeles in 45 minutes

Workable or not, it's nice to dream.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer

Workable or not, it's nice to dream.

We've seen an explosion in high-speed transport across the world. The Scramjet aims to go from London to New York in one hour, China has created a plethora of bullet train lines, and Japan has unveiled a 310 mph floating train. Now, a company called ET3 has plans in the works for a transportation tube which uses magnetic levitation to propel passengers at high speed.

The Evacuated Tube Transport is able to travel at speeds of up to 4,000 miles per hour. Metro-like tubes are able to accommodate up to six people and come with baggage areas, and as the ETT is airless and frictionless, it is hypothetically plausible that a passenger could shave time off long journeys -- such as going from New York to Los Angeles in only 45 minutes instead of the five hours a flight requires.

Fancy New York to Beijing? The idea of reaching this destination in only two hours would surely make a lot of businessmen happy.

ET3 claims that passengers would not feel discomfort while hurtling at 4,000 mph, as the velocity of travel is equal to 1G -- and a similar force is felt by drivers on the freeway.

If and when this mode of transport debuts, it will be first tested with cargo.

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