NYT Column Looks At The Hyperloop With A Skeptical Eye

Just Hype?

Hyperloop Animation

Hyperloop Animation

An animation of the Hyperloop designed by Hyperloop One.Hyperloop One

A multitude of Hyperloop projects are springing up across the country, at startups and universities.

Heck, it's even made it to The Tonight Show.

Now, Allison Arieff, a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times wrote a column that aimed a skeptical eye at the ever-accelerating Hyperloop projects that have dominated transportation news since Elon Musk first proposed the Hyperloop idea in 2013.

In the piece, (which you should read in full here), Arieff skewers the Silicon Valley brogrammer culture and raises a lot of good questions.

America (and later most of the world) got excited about freeways and built them everywhere over a 30-year span. Little did we know about the negative effects to neighborhoods, the health (obesity) and pollution risks, the excesses of traffic. What are the possible unintended positive and negative consequences of Hyperloop?

- Allison Arieff

That question, along with many others that Arieff raises will definitely need to be answered--otherwise the Hyperloop, as awesome an idea as it is, is just hype.