Elon Musk Releases Highly Anticipated Hyperloop Design

The design includes two versions of the Hyperloop--one for just passengers and one for passengers and vehicles.

Fans and skeptics of Elon Musk's Hyperloop idea waited with a bated breath today to see the details of the tech entrepreneur's plan for a super-speed transit system that he's called a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table."

According to Musk, the Hyperloop gets commuters from San Francisco to L.A. in just 30 minutes. On several occasions last week, including the Tesla earnings call and a Google+ Hangout with Sir Richard Branson, Musk promised that he would release the Hyperloop design at some point today.

With the world keeping a close eye on his Twitter account, where similar news had been announced in the past, Musk tweeted the promised link just before 5 pm EST.

"Hyperloop could transport people, vehicles, and freight between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 35 minutes. Transporting 7.4 million people each way and amortizing the cost of $6 billion over 20 years gives a ticket price of $20 for a one-way trip for the passenger version of Hyperloop," claims the document released by Tesla Motors.

The design includes two versions of the Hyperloop, one which would transport just passengers and another that would also transport vehicles. It also includes design details for Hyperloop capsule, the tube in which it would travel, and the pillars supporting the tube, as well as suggested routes and stations.

Here is the complete release of the design for Hyperloop Alpha:

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