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Will the first commercial hyperloop system be within the US?

Elon Musk's dream of a hyperloop – a pod-based transportation system that uses magnetic levitation in a near-vacuum – is coming closer to reality. Tests in the Nevada desert have achieved speeds up to 192 mph, and Musk announced in July 2017 that he had "verbal approval" for a hyperloop between New York and Washington, DC. (Though it is rather unclear what exactly this means.)

But other countries are interested too. Dubai and Russia are both developing plans. For Russia, a hyperloop could open up new areas of the country to trade with China. If, that is, lawsuits don't derail the project. In Dubai, designs for a Dubai-Abu Dhabi hyperloop network already exist.

Although implementing the hyperloop concept is far from easy, several writers have said that testing and construction should begin anyway, as the hyperloop may be the revolutionary transportation system the world desperately needs.

Will the first commercial hyperloop system be built inside of the United States?

This question will resolve as positive if the first hyperloop system to commence commercial operations is located the US rather than in Dubai, Russia, or any other country outside the US. Resolves as ambiguous if no commercial hyperloop system is operating as of 2035.

"Commerical Operations" means that people will utilize the system as transport (even if somewhat as a novelty) outside of a test setting and without signing any waivers etc.


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