Pipe Dreams

I’m a big fan of Elon Musk’s infrastructure ambitions and their potential impacts on our cities and real estate. These are no longer just pipe dreams; Musk is down to a shortlist of two to deliver a scaled down form of ‘high speed loop’ between O’Hare airport and downtown Chicago. This kind of point-to-point journey is also likely to be the future of its big brother (the Hyperloop) for whom turning and slowing down is still problematic. Meanwhile, the future of inner city travel is likely to rest in adapting existing public mass transit modes. In that regard, Paris and Germany are contemplating proposals to make all public transport free. With fares only accounting for a small percentage of cost, this is more psychological than financial, however, the UK’s already stretched infrastructure budgets may struggle to compete.