Hyperloop technology proposes using magnetic levitation and vacuum pumps to move people- and cargo-filled pods through high-speed steel tubes. Without the hindrance of friction and air resistance, these pods could reach speeds approaching Mach 1. Could this futuristic technology offer a solution to the many challenges facing the transportation industry today, including aging infrastructure and environmental obstacles?
CIPA core faculty member Richard “Rick” Geddes, a professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management and the director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy, has written extensively on hyperloop technology and its potential for dramatically reducing travel time in the U.S. He has also addressed the regulatory, environmental, and financial challenges that hyperloop technology would need to overcome to succeed.
Geddes discusses “Hyperloop and the Future of Transportation” in detail on a June 14 podcast hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where Geddes serves concurrently as a visiting scholar.
Geddes also hosted a public event on the topic at AEI in April, featuring a keynote speaker and expert panelists. The full event video, entitled “Is Hyperloop the Future of Transportation?” runs just under two hours.