San Marcos to San Antonio & Austin via hyperloop? Elon Musk says yes

todayAugust 28, 2022 106 2

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 Dean Trevino 

News Reporter

AUSTIN— The state of Texas has seen some high-profile figures move to the state recently, and Elon Musk is one. The billionaire’s presence has already been felt in the state with the Tesla Giga Factory set to start production on the Cybertruck in 2023. However, the founder of Telsa isn’t stopping at building factories. In a series of tweets, Elon Musk proposes the construction of an underground Hyperloop tunnel connecting Austin to San Antonio. 

In a series of tweets, Elon Musk proposes the construction of an underground Hyperloop tunnel connecting Austin to San Antonio. 

Tesla and The Boring Company CEO Elon Musk said he wants to implement a simplified Hyperloop demo tunnel connecting Central Texas’ two biggest cities. The distance between them is about 80 miles or 129 km via I-35. The Boring Company’s Hyperloop is a high-speed public transportation system that utilizes autonomous electric pods that travel at speeds of 600+ miles per hour.  

“It is the fastest way to get between one downtown and another with known physics (and the Standard Model is proving quiet resilient)!” said Musk in a tweet.  

The company’s mission is to transform cities by designing high-speed public transportation systems to combat traffic. The construction of the Hyperloop could have a significant impact on the San Marcos community. With Texas being the second largest state in the U.S., the addition of the Hyperloop makes transportation between bigger cities much more convenient for San Martians. Driving on I-35 from Austin to San Antonio could become a thing of the past for San Marcos residents. 

In November 2020, Virgin Hyperloop successfully conducted its first test run with passengers. The test run transported its two passengers across a 500-meter-long track in 15 seconds, reaching max speeds of 107.5 mph. The days following, Virgin Hyperloop conducted another successful test run with a second set of passengers. 

Earlier this year, Musk said underground tunnels would not be affected by weather conditions, including natural disasters

“Underground tunnels are immune to surface weather conditions (subways are a good example), so it wouldn’t matter to Hyperloop if a hurricane was raging on the surface. You wouldn’t even notice,” Musk said on Twitter. 

The Boring Company has previously constructed a tunnel system, similar to the proposed Hyperloop. In April 2021, The Boring Company constructed the currently active Loop tunnel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rather than using autonomous electric pods, Loop utilizes Tesla vehicles to transport passengers. The Loop tunnel connects three parts of the Las Vegas Convention Center, trimming down a 45-minute travel time to just two minutes. The Boring Company has further plans to expand the Loop tunnels in Las Vegas. 

“Now @boringcompany tunnels are in active use in Vegas. Try it if you’re in town. Will be expanding to connect all major destinations in Vegas plus airport,” Musk said in a tweet.  

 Musk isn’t the only one interested in bringing hyperloop technology to Texas. Virgin Hyperloop has also shown interest in connecting Texas cities using hyperloop technology. If these plans by Tesla or Virgin to build a hyperloop connecting central Texas cities like San Marcos come to fruition, travel through the I-35 corridor would be changed forever.  

For more information on the Hyperloop, visit The Boring Company website.  

Written by: Preethi Mangadu

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