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LedeTree Eye Opener, September 15, 2017 – Orlando to Miami in 30 Minutes Or Less!

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By David Royse | LedeTree.com

GOOD MORNING. Today is Sept. 15, 2017. On this day in 1998, Google.com was registered as a domain name. Sept. 15, 2017 may be even bigger – the day you first heard you could get from Miami to Disney World on your lunch hour.


So a couple years from now, you’re sitting in your office in Orlando. You’re restless – it’s lunchtime, and you’re stressed over some work due by the end of the week. But you live in Florida – you could take a beach break. Except that by the time you get in the car and fight the traffic on the Beachline Expressway, it will be night time.

So you go get on the Hyperloop, and in less than a half hour you’re in Miami. In less than an hour, you could be on South Beach. You’ll be back in Orlando for dinner.

The thought is staggering – LESS THAN A HALF HOUR FROM ORLANDO TO MIAMI!

The Hyperloop One project aims to build high-speed travel pods around the world, and today announced its 11 finalists for the first ones, including one linking Orlando and Miami.

The thing (and it’s really hard to describe exactly what it is – it’s completely new) would be a  “pod” which could carry passengers or cargo that would travel through a low-pressure (low friction) tube. The pod would be propelled electrically and travel above the track using magnetic levitation. It goes at airline speeds for super long distances because of the super low aerodynamic drag.

“Hyperloop One is the only company in the world building an operational commercial Hyperloop system,” Rob Lloyd, chief executive officer of Hyperloop One said Thursday in announcing the finalists for the first commercial operation. “This disruptive technology – conceived, developed and built in the U.S. – will move passengers and cargo faster, cleaner and more efficiently. It will transform transportation as we know it and create a more connected world.”

A Hyperloop link between Miami and Orlando would connect two big tourism centers, and also speed up the movement of freight from the Port of Miami to the interior of the state.

And while it wouldn’t be the best solution, because the pods are small, this week if you are in Miami and reading this story, your thoughts are undoubtedly turning to hurricane evacuation. Can you imagine how nice it would be after spending all day putting up shutters and plywood not to have to fight for gas – to just go get in a pod and in an hour or so you’re sitting at a Disney property drinking a beer and watching The Weather Channel?

The Florida route was one of four winning routes in the United States. The others are Cheyenne-Denver-Pueblo, Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh, and Dallas to Houston. Finalists in the UK are Edinburgh to London, and Glasgow to Liverpool. India also has two routes, one between Bengaluru and Chennai, and Mumbai to Chennai. Canada and Mexico both got one route each: Mexico City to Guadalajara, and Toronto to Montreal.

Hyperloop’s Lloyd said that by the end of this year the company will have a team of 500 engineers, scientists and others working on the technology.

Wow. Just wow. We are living in the future.

So that’s the good news, now for the bad news.

Hurricane Irma


Hurricane Irma crop damage
Photo: Florida Department of Agriculture

Hurricane Irma put a squeeze on the state’s citrus crop, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says. He said in a statement that it’s a bit early to tell the full extent of the damage. “But after touring groves on foot and by air, it’s clear that our signature crop has suffered serious and devastating losses from Hurricane Irma,” he said.  Putnam told reporters that as much as 80 percent of the citrus in Southwest Florida may have been damaged. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue plans to visit Florida early next week.

More on Agricultural losses from the Palm Beach Post

Today’s Most Important Irma Story – How a South Florida nursing home came to not have backup AC. A bill that would have required it died. (Tampa Bay Times)

And today’s good news after Irma from the World’s Happiest Place – cast members will get paid for hurricane days off

Also, the island of Barbuda is abandoned

Irma Aftermath News Roundup

National Guard will be in Keys a long time (Miami Herald)

Tourists from some cruise ships, however, will not be in Key West for a long time

Hurricane could also damage next state budget (News Service of Florida)

Air BnB Trying to Get Hurricane Refugees into Rooms for Free (Orlando Rising)

And, in case you missed it, a story from several days ago about the variability in hurricane seasons – why do they seem to come in bunches? 

And finally, in case you need to go gambling, here’s a roundup of which casinos are up and running

About David Royse

David Royse
David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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