March 4, 2015 Leave a comment
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg | Archinect News
Transit oriented developments, or TODs, are mixed-use urban nodes designed with public transit as their core. The typology emerged from the idea that well-integrated and easy access to transit supports businesses and an active urban life, and that strategic transportation planning can help make thriving cities. But what if that transit, and the town, are both brand new?
Cut to Quay Valley, a proposed development out in the middle of California’s Central Valley that would bear the testing ground for a bunny-slope version of the Hyperloop, Elon Musk’s pneumatic wonder-transit. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), an organization intent on making the Hyperloop a reality but independent from Musk (and working with UCLA to get there), wants the new city to be the test environment for a Hyperloop mockup halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles – the end-lines in Musk’s original proposal.
The Hyperloop would be the de facto public transit of Quay Valley’s 7,500-acre plot, getting people to grocery stores, the movies, friend’s homes, and eventually hooking up with larger Hyperloop networks connected to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Read more