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Posted on 11-13-2017

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Plans to Connect New York and DC in 30 Minutes

As my avid blog readers are already aware I am a Baltimore Chiropractor with two offices in Baltimore City. We treat patients with various types of neck and back pain with conservative measures to help ease their muscle and joint pain in hopes of rehabilitating them back to health. We see plenty of patients who have acute whiplash symptoms as a result of Baltimore auto accident injuries. I enjoy treating these patients because they really need our services, they generally respond quickly, and they are usually very appreciative for the care that they receive in our offices.

One of the things that I enjoy doing is researching trends in driving and transportation, not only because I have an interest in technology and science fiction, but because it directly impacts everyone we know. Elon Musk has long been an inspiration to me as an entrepreneur and as a human being. He has been asking himself tough questions and has been using the best and brightest in humanity to bring us such amazing companies as Tesla, Space X, Solar City and most recently the Boring Company, to only name a few.

Some members of my family still reside in New York just outside of New York City. As much as I enjoy seeing family and friends when I can get away, I loathe the traffic on I-95 and I am always looking for ways to speed up my trip. I've taken a bolt bus, I've driven, and I've taken the train. The bus was packed like sardines and the times to depart were inconvenient. Driving gives me the most control but costs the most when you factor in tolls and attention. At any given time the trip can take me as little as four hours or as many as six and a half. The train was probably my favorite way to commute with about a three hour commute during which I was able to watch movies on my ipad and catch up on email.

I was perusing my newsfeed a few weeks back and I came across a news report stating that Governor Larry Hogan had already given Elon Musk the proverbial thumbs up to create a series of underground hyperloop tubs connecting New York to Washington D.C. (with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore). These tubes, or hyperloops, would utilize a low pressure system and would utilize magnets to "float" vessels down long paths. The decreased drag/resistance could theoretically get occupants up to speeds of nearly 700 mph and would cut the travel time from New York to DC to around 30 minutes!

The goal of the Boring Company (the company that Elon Musk owns that does the drilling) would be to reduce traffic congestion and to increase our ability to travel without as much dependence on fossil fuels. This hyperloop may also solve the problem with his Tesla cars that generally get 300-400 miles per "charge".

I, for one, welcome this degree of technological advancement and I thank Governor Hogan for throwing his support behind the project. I suspect it will create jobs both short term and long term and I think it would help to lessen the time and financial burden that it exists to travel to New York from Baltimore. If it becomes a financially viable option for Baltimore citizens it will undoubtedly cut down on traffic congestion and the resulting auto accidents.

Would you ride the hyperloop? Would it be safe? Would we be pinned to our seats? Would we have bathroom access? Would we be able to walk around or would we be strapped in like a roller coaster? These are just some of the questions that I'd want to know before I ever agreed to get on board, but I am excited by the technology and am interested in seeing if the construction can get started soon.

Until then, if you, or someone you know has been injured as a result of a Baltimore auto accident, please contact Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic at (443) 842-5500 we would be happy to get you back on the road to recovery!

Dr. Gulitz

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