The company is planning to build a groundbreaking network system called the TransPod Line, which will connect the cities of Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. It claims to be different than any other vacuum tube train systems because it’s based on “smart infrastructure” that significantly reduces operation and maintenance costs.
As a result, passengers would pay 44% less compared to ticket planes for the same route while also contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions of over 600,000 tons per year. And, of course, they would also get to the destination much faster, with FluxJet tubes departing every 2 minutes.
At the recent unveiling event in Toronto, TransPod presented a 1.1-ton scaled-down version of the FluxJet tube, Daily Hive reports. It demonstrated take-off, travel, and landing procedures. It was the culmination of the research and development process that began several years ago. During the next phase, the company will focus on high-speed tests and obtaining certification for the vehicle. If all goes well, the future inter-city line is set to kick off construction by 2027.
The FluxJet development has benefitted from a recent $550 million investment, with the TransPod Line project estimated at $18 billion.