Forget the Hyperloop. Just make Amtrak affordable.

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An opinion on HYPERLOOP versus AMTRAK from Philly.com

A couple weeks ago, Elon Musk — our nation’s armorless Tony Stark — tweeted that he got the verbal OK to build a high-speed train connecting New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Hypothetically, his Hyperloop could travel 800 mph and get riders from New York to D.C. in the time it takes to watch an HBO comedy. The reaction was split among breathless urbanists begging for more and realists saying that “verbal approval” means nothing. Musk has since stepped up the campaign, with the White House saying it’s had “promising discussions” with him.

This is the kind of pitch that makes upper-class commuters salivate. It’s one step away from being a teleporter!

But here’s the problem: It screws over pretty much every single working-class and middle-income commuter in the city. How dare you build a magic Star Trek train to ferry wealthy folks…

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