Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Would Hit CEQA Speed Bumps

Law360, San Diego (August 13, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT) -- Billionaire inventor Elon Musk’s design for a solar-powered shuttle pod system for ferrying commuters between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 35 minutes is straight out of a sci-fi movie. But before it could ever become a reality, the project would face major environmental legal hurdles, similar to those confronted by California’s $68.4 billion high-speed rail plan, attorneys said Tuesday.

Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., has taken issue with the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s plans for a 220-mph train...
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