Benefits over Rail
Apart from being comfortably transported between destinations at transonic speeds, passengers will enjoy a number of benefits not currently offered by conventional transportation methods.
No Shared Track
Due to the fact that the Hyperloop system will be solely used for passenger transport, there is no risk that a freight-rail accident will cause delays. This configuration also allows passenger transport to occur throughout the day without interference from freight rail.
Immunity From Weather
Due to the fact that the system is enclosed in a large diameter steel tube, it is able to operate without interference from weather. While the Southeastern US is not at risk of earthquakes or tsunamis, the Hyperloop system is able to deter the effects of gale-force winds. The cross-sectional shape of the Hyperloop allows hurricane-force winds to bypass the system, leaving it largely unaffected.
Collision-Preventing Navigation & Comms System
Constant monitoring by use of University-Licensed Optical Comms System & Condition Sensor System prevents possibility of collision occurring. Collision is also preventable in a closed system by use of emergency braking & station logistics.
Inherit System Design Benefits
Being in a closed system, there is literally no possibility that a Hyperloop transport car will be in contact with local traffic. Hyperloop system doesn’t use traditional rails, and doesn’t rely on a car/engine configuration. Each passenger transport unit is operated independently. Because of the system’s confinement to the tube environment, the probability of a malfunction causing significant damage is effectively 0%. By having one entity manage the transport for a given route, there will be no overlap of rail cars.
Accident-Preventing Operating System
Hyperloop system will use Dual Carbon Batteries in lieu of Lithium Ion. This new technology uses batteries that do not overheat & won’t combust under adverse loading. Routine maintenance will be performed, with inspections occurring daily. Hyperloop system will also not rely on human conductors, but instead communications systems & onboard controls to operate. This increases the safety of the system by removing human error from the equation. As a failsafe, a passenger car operator will be onboard every transport car while in service to activate safety systems & emergency braking the in the event of an emergency.
Passenger Rail Accidents in the U.S. Since 2010
The following are a list of passenger rail accidents which have occurred in the United States since 2010, highlighting the need for a safer form of passenger transport in the US. We'll be updating this list as more passenger rail accidents occur.
- 12 February 2010 – United States – At 10.13, a train derails in the pocket track just north of Farragut North Washington Metro station when the front car leaves the tracks. Of the nearly 400 passengers on board, one person was taken to hospital.
- 15 March 2010 – United States – A METRO bus collides with a light rail METRO train in Houston, Texas, injuring nearly 20 people.
- 13 May 2010 – United States – A northbound Amtrak Piedmont collides with a truck towing a low loader in Mebane, North Carolina. 11 are injured.
- 13 March 2011 – United States – 2011 California BART train derailment – two cars of a ten car BART train derail in Northern California. Three minor back injuries are reported.
- 3 June 2011 – United States – A Burlington Northern commuter train from Aurora, Illinois and an Amtrak train heading to Carbondale, Illinois collide at Chicago's Union Station at about 08.15, injuring at least five people. One of the trains derails.
- 24 June 2011 – United States – Miriam (near Reno), Nevada: Despite the working signals on the track, a semi, driving on a rural stretch of U.S. Route 95 near Reno and Sparks, strikes one of the cars of a west-bound California Zephyr Amtrak passenger train, killing at least six people, according to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Lopez and the Churchill County Sheriff's Office.
- 11 July 2011 – United States – An Amtrak Downeaster passenger train from Boston, Massachusetts heading to Portland, Maine is struck by a dustbin lorry at a crossing in North Berwick, Maine, killing the driver of the lorry and setting the locomotive and one passenger car on fire.
- 12 October 2011 – United States – In Oakland, California a southbound Amtrak San Joaquin train passes a red signal and collides with a stopped Coast Starlight train at low speed, injuring seventeen people.
- 1 February 2012 – United States – The Amtrak Wolverine train from Pontiac, Michigan to Chicago, carrying 71 passengers and 5 crew, strikes a stalled tractor trailer (carrying equipment for oil production) on tracks in Leoni Township, Michigan. The lead engine and at least two cars derail. There are no fatalities, and six people suffer non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot and the Blackman-Leoni Public Safety Department.
- 21 August 2012 – United States – Two women celebrating the night before their return to university on a railway bridge die shortly after midnight when a CSX coal train derails on the bridge in downtown Ellicott City, Maryland, burying the women under coal. The NTSB investigation attributed the probable cause of the derailment to a broken rail.
- 1 October 2012 – United States – California Amtrak Train 712 (travelling from Oakland, CA to Bakersfield, CA) is hit by a lorry carrying cotton at a gated level crossing. Three of the train's five cars as well as the trailing GE P42DC locomotive #94 are derailed. No deaths, 50 injuries.
- 17 May 2013 – United States – Fairfield train crash – Sixty people are injured (five critically) and rail traffic from New York to Boston is shut down after a Metro-North commuter train derails and plows into a second train in Fairfield, Connecticut.
- 11 October 2013 – United States – A truck carrying logs collides with a Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad train carrying 63 people in Randolph County, West Virginia. The driver of the truck dies, and 23 on the train are injured, six of them seriously.
- 1 December 2013 – United States – Derailment at Spuyten Duyvil, the Bronx, New York City – The engineer of a Metro-North Railroad passenger train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Terminal falls asleep with the train at full throttle. It enters a 30 mph (48 km/h) curve just before Spuyten Duyvil station at 82 mph (132 km/h) and derails, killing 4 and injuring 63. It is the first Metro-North accident with passenger fatalities. The engineer's fatigue was caused by severe, undiagnosed sleep apnea in combination with a recent shift change.
- 7 January 2014 – United States– A CTA Yellow Line passenger train derails in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The two-car train derailed in the early afternoon, briefly disrupting late afternoon rush hour traffic. No injuries were reported.
- 24 March 2014 – United States – A train in Chicago, Illinois overruns the buffers and goes up the escalator at O'Hare International Airport, injuring 32 people
- 16 October 2014 – United States – An excursion train of the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad stalls on the mainline near West Fork, Arkansas; the crew of the locomotive sent to help the train does not have the precise location of the stalled train and runs into the stalled train's locomotive after rounding a curve. 44 people are injured in the collision, 5 critically.
- 28 October 2014 – United States – 24 were injured when an Amtrak train collided with a semi truck on U.S. Route 421.
- 3 February 2015 – United States – A Metro-North Railroad train strikes one car at a crossing near Valhalla, New York, and catches on fire, killing six people.
- 24 February – United States – Oxnard train derailment: a Metrolink train hits a road vehicle at Oxnard, California. The train engineer dies and 29 others are injured.
- 9 March 2015– United States – An Amtrak passenger train collides with a tractor trailer in Halifax, North Carolina. No life-threatening injuries were reported. The accident was caught on video.
- 28 March – United States – An Expo Line train collides with two cars, causing the 2015 Los Angeles train crash. There are at least 21 injuries.
- 12 May 2015 – United States – Amtrak passenger train Northeast Regional Train 188, en route from Washington, D.C. to New York City and carrying an estimated 238 passengers and five crew, derails and partially rolls over on its side in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the Port Richmond neighborhood. Out of the 243 passengers and crew on the train more than 200 are injured in the derailment, with a confirmation of 8 deaths. With the current death toll of 8, as of Thursday, May 14, 2015, this is the U.S.'s deadliest train incident in almost six years.
- 5 October 2015 – United States – An Amtrak passenger train strikes rocks on the line and derails near Northfield, Vermont.
- 4 January 2016 – United States – A Tri-Rail passenger train collides with a garbage truck which had broken down on a grade crossing at Lake Worth station, Florida and is derailed. Twenty-two people are injured.
- 28 January 2016 – United States – A northbound Tri-Rail train derails in Pompano Beach, Florida. One person is injured.
- 7 March 2016 – United States – An Altamont Corridor Express train derails after striking a fallen tree in Niles Canyon near Sunol, California. The lead car falls into Alameda Creek. Fourteen people are injured, four seriously.
- 14 March 2016 – United States – Cimarron train derailment; Amtrak's Southwest Chief derails about 20 miles (32 km) west of Dodge City in Kansas; five cars are derailed. Thirty-two people are injured.
- 3 April 2016 – United States – 2016 Chester, Pennsylvania train derailment: Two people die, and thirty-one suffer injuries, when an Amtrak train collides with a backhoe on the tracks and a car derails in Chester, near Philadelphia.