It’s still slightly hard to believe: Elon Musk wants to rocket people around in a vacuum tube at 800 mph powered by magnets. It’s not a crazy fever dream. Despite several logistical hurdles, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is getting ready to build a full-sized test track in weeks.

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The concept behind Hyperloop is a little odd at first blush: it’s like high-speed train, but instead of rails, the passages space is suspended inside a tube by magnets, and could theoretically move from LA to San Fran in 30 minutes. When Musk announced the idea in 2013 it seemed like pure fantasy. 2 years later, it’s almost here.

HTT will begin construction on the 5-mile Hyperloop test track “in the next two or three weeks” according to a report from Dezeen.

HTT has yet to comment.

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The Hyperloop will travel up to 760 mph — close to the speed of sound.
While the final design is set to travel at 760 mph – almost the speed of sound – the test track will only travel at a mere 160 mph with passengers, in case anything should go wrong.  The craziest figure however is the passenger count: HTT plans to move over 10 million people during its test run.  Don’t get ready to buy a ticket just yet, however:

construction will take 32 months to finish.

The construction will take place in the planned Quay Valley, a proposed solar-powered town in Kings County, California, which is different from Elon Musk’s test track. Elon Musk’s company Space X is planning on building its own hyper loop test track in Texas.

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