Is Hyperloop Worth It?

The worst part of my day is always my commute.

Ever since I’ve entered the workforce, I’ve always prioritized having the shortest possible commute. The triggering factor being when I had to embark for a 90-minute journey after starting my first job.

3 hours spent in the car every day.

The next job I had, I moved into a house in the neighbourhood beside it. The difference was noticeable. Not only did I add an extra three hours to each of my days, but I was able to essentially roll out of bed and go to work.

But the smallest commute is the one to your home office. You’re in control of your ecosystem from top to bottom, and you’re able to work in your fortress of solitude.

Your work commute has direct effects on how you live. According to a study conducted by the University of Cambridge of more than 34,000 workers across all UK industries, longer commutes appeared to have a negative impact on mental wellbeing with longer-commuting workers 33% more likely to suffer from depression, 37% more likely to have financial worries and 12% more likely to report multiple aspects of work-related stress.

If only a hero will save us from the evils of the work commute.

Enter: Elon Musk, who has been mentioning his hyperloop project for a few years now.

Elon’s project is earth shattering in its ambition to create a Futurama-esque highway of tubes that would zip patrons along at impressive speeds to arrive to (kinda) far reaches in a fraction of the time. It’s an idea that would turn commuting on its head, among the other ripples of ingenuity that would also spring from this project.

But leaked documents obtained by Forbes show that Hyperloop One — one of two companies attempting to make Musk’s idea a reality — is estimating the cost of a potential 107-mile Bay Area project to be somewhere between $9 billion and $13 billion, or $84 million to $121 million per mile.

The route between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which the company recently announced ahead of a new $50 million round of funding, would cost $4.8 billion, or $52 million a mile.

Despite the size and scale of this hyperloop idea, it’s important to keep the end goal in mind. Sure, making the world a smaller place to traverse is good because it unlocks new parts of our countries and allows us to build community, but haven’t we already mastered the art of working together?

Sometimes, the home office is as far as we need to go.

When we developed a project management tool that allows you to work anywhere, we imagined that it would bring the world closer together. One home office to another.