It looks like Wilkes-Barre and Scranton are areas of focus for a proposed state hyperloop system.
In the years since Wilkes-Bare Rail began publishing I have since folded into the scope of possible outcomes for Luzerne County the concept of a hyperloop.
A hyperloop system is a thus far hypothetical transportation system that imagines people pushed through tunnels engineered to take advantage of an artificially created space vacuum and a magnetized lift to host what is sometimes portrayed as pods, platoons of pods, or full train car networks.
These network tunnels, at today's experimental pace, have been depicted as above-ground or below-ground subway tubes.
I'm still doing the Google to see just how far this technology has evolved, but so far as I know at present it is all pretty speculative as a transportation mode. There are plenty of folks who believe hyperloop systems distract from actually feasible projects such as high speed rail or optimized conventional rail. This video bundles a pessimistic future for both the logistical and economic future of hyperloops.
Even so, it is promising enough that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is putting $2 million to the question. And again, that is a figure that explicitly includes Wilkes-Barre verbiage.
From the linked article, the study will be conducted by AECOM Technical Services Inc., which built Elon Musk’s hyperloop test track in 2016.
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Wilkes-Barre is Player in Hyperloop Study
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