Evacuated tube transport involves travel in a vacuum which allows high-speed travel to various exotic places on the Earth. Right now the only way to visit places like China, Korea, and England is via plane. However, plane flights often take 10-15 hours, and sitting in the economy class is often uncomfortable. Plus, plane tickets are expensive. Wouldn’t it be nice if you can get to your destination faster?
Now, scientists are in the stages of proposing evacuated tube transport. Under this plan, future transportation would rely less on planes, thereby cutting down carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption. Travel is done in a vacuum rather than on ground, allowing super-high speeds to take place. So if evacuated tube transport is an option, it would allow travelers to get from the West Coast to East Coast in 45 minutes, and from US to China in 2 hours. They are proposed to run at 400 mph for domestic trips and 4000 mph for international trips.
However, there are certain factors that need to be considered. Because you are traveling in a vacuum, you won’t really be exposed to the oxygen in air as much, and you are in a cramped environment. So to ensure nothing happens, there are some oxygen masks that would be required to allow travelers to get enough oxygen, and there are simulated environments that allow people to ease their fear of cramped spaces, known as claustrophobia. In addition, the cars that go through evacuated tube transport can fit only 6 people, and there is a certain amount of luggage that can be stored on the cars. And luckily, there are first aid stations along the way during the travel so if they can help themselves if they need to.
If approved, this is something people will look forward to.