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A test track for SpaceX's Hyperloop high-speed rail is coming to Hawthorne

Written by
Seth Kelley

Getting around LA is no small feat—nothing is close enough to walk to, bike lanes are few and far between, traffic sucks and the Metro doesn't cover the whole city (although they're working on it).

Enter the Hyperloop high-speed rail alternative from SpaceX: The company, headed by its CEO Elon Musk, recently tapped LA-based global construction firm AECOM to construct a Hyperloop test track in Hawthorne that would send riders in pods shuttling through a network of low-pressure tubes at speeds of up to 760 mph. And as the teaser below writes in large, block letters: "760 mph is just the beginning." If the technology were to be implemented across the state, it would take riders from LA to San Francisco in less than an hour. The future is now (or at least within reach)!

Construction on the prototype is expected to begin in the spring. Also part of the project is a student design competition. More than 100 student teams will present their pod prototypes at Texas A&M this weekend. This test track will serve as a testing ground for the entire concept.

Watch the teaser here, and let us know what you think:

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