Commuters could soon travel between Sydney and Melbourne in as little as 40 minutes in a new ultra-high speed tube.
Travelling from Adelaide to Melbourne or Sydney to Brisbane would take just over 30 minutes.
A trip from Melbourne to Canberra is expected to take 23 minutes, and passengers could travel from Canberra to Sydney in only 14 minutes.
The proposal for the ‘ultra-high speed, tube-based inter and intra-city’ transportation system was presented to the Federal Government.
Big shot Elon Musk first pitched the land-based technology known as the ‘Hyperloop’ back in 2012.
This time around, Los Angeles-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) submitted the plan in response to a government inquiry into automation and land-based mass transit in October this year.
‘A Hyperloop serving Australia’s Eastern seaboard and connecting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane addresses a population of over 10 million people,’ the submission read.
‘Adding Adelaide, Canberra, the Southern Highlands and extending the route to the Gold Coast increases the number to well over half of the Australian population, in a 2000km stretch of relatively flat, seismically stable terrain and creating new business, passenger and freight transport opportunities to millions of Australians each year.’
According to the submission, the tube will be optimised to transport freight and better connection regional towns.
‘When offered in combination with the HyperloopTT passenger system, freight and cargo operations supplement the needs of regional freight systems.
‘Moving people and goods at ultra high-speed enables people to be more mobile between population centers.’
The futuristic transport system comprises of capsules magnetically levitating in a tube on pylons, the ground or underground.
Air pressure is lowered to reduce friction and allow the capsule to move at high speed.4
The entire system would also run on solar power.
As far as the submission goes, Hyperloop TT did not predict how long the tube would take to construct or how much it would cost.
Though the company seems certain in its ability to deliver the out-of-this-world system.
They plan to have a full-scale prototype operating in France in 2019.
According to its website, the company already has 11 global government agreements.
However, just last year the Queensland government rejected a proposal from Virgin Hyperloop One.
Hyperloop TT’s rival company proposed a route from Sydney to Tamworth to Toowoomba to Brisbane and even the Gold Coast.
Their proposal was dismissed as it had no ‘business case’.