SAN FRANCISCO

AFP

A design for a super-fast transport system dubbed “Hyperloop” - carrying passengers in pressurized tubes at near-supersonic speeds - was unveiled Monday by inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Musk, who heads electric carmaker Tesla Motors and private space exploration firm SpaceX, released a 57-page document describing the project, which he claimed could connect Los Angeles and San Francisco in 35 minutes.

Musk told a conference call this would be a new form of transport, different from traditional rail, and would carry passengers and goods in pods in a contained system elevated on pylons.

“This is designed to be super light and trains are amazingly heavy,” he said. “This is designed more like an aircraft.” The system is capable of speeds reaching 1,220 kilometers (760 miles) an hour, or Mach 0.91, according to Musk’s document.