Hyperloop One May Have Just Killed California’s High-Speed Rail

Hyperloop One may have just killed California’s high-speed rail project, after the company’s 28-foot long aluminum and carbon-fiber production-scale pod hit its first milestone by traveling down a 1,640-foot near-zero-resistance vacuum tube test-track at a speed of 70 miles-per-hour.

Hyperloop (Courtesy of Hyperloop One)

Trump Trying to Dump Amtrak’s $298 Subsidy for Long-Haul Trips

The Trump administration plans to dump about half of Amtrak’s $1.4 billion annual taxpayer subsidy by ending long-haul passenger services that cost taxpayers about $298 per round-trip and whose on-time performance is as low as 6 percent.

Amtrak (Alex Wong / Getty)

Cal High-Speed Rail’s Four-Year Delay Costs $15 Billion

With the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSR) announcing another four-year delay in building the first link of its system, the cost for California’s ultimate boondoggle may increase by another $15 billion, to $79 billion.

High-speed rail (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)