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Cities want to believe in the hyperloop because US infrastructure is so bad

The Verge

April 11, 2017

Shailen Bhatt, the executive director of Colorado’s Department of Transportation, has high hopes for the hyperloop. He would like to see one cutting right through the middle of the Rocky Mountain State, connecting half a dozen cities, reducing travel time from hours to mere minutes, and bolstering Colorado’s image as a high-tech destination.

“Freight rail moves freight, high-speed rail moves passengers,” Bhatt said, “Hyperloop has the potential to do both.”

Never mind the fact that no human or freight has ever traveled by hyperloop for the simple reason that there are no hyperloops anywhere in the world. Despite the millions of dollars committed by hopeful investors, the technology has yet to be tested in any meaningful way. LA-based startup Hyperloop One says it just finished its half-kilometer-long test track in the desert north of Las Vegas, and in a few months it will conduct its first full-system test. But as of now, the hyperloop only exists in the spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations of Hyperloop One’s marketing team.

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Cenovus grows rail tanker fleet to 800 cars


Anyone still think that the oil sands production will stop if the Keystone XL Pipeline is not approved?Rail movement will continue to grow, resulting in more opportunity for rail accidents thru populated areas, more pressure on the rail systems limiting the movement of other goods and increased costs borne by consumers.  Rail movement averages about $15 a barrel while pipelines are about $7 a barrel.Consumers pay the difference in the final product.

Rail transport costs more than pipe — Cenovus estimates $15 per barrel to move oil to the Gulf Coast — but wide differentials make it worthwhile if it fetches higher prices at the end market.

Click here for complete article > Calgary Herald

June 19, 2013

Thermal oilsands producer aims to move 30,000 bpd by end of 2014.

Thermal oilsands giant Cenovus Energy Inc. says it will increase its rail transportation capacity to 30,000 barrels per day or 10 per cent of overall production by the end of 2014.

The ramp up from a 10,000-bpd goal this year is designed to reduce reliance on export pipelines and comes as 10 Nobel Peace Prize winners released a letter again urging U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline to the Gulf Coast…