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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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Add a hyperloop tube train to the menu of long-term transit options for Austin. The subject of long speculation while also sitting firmly in the “Yeah, right” section of regional infrastructure moves, the viability of the Virgin Hyperloop One got a boost at South by Southwest with the announcement from U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao that a new transportation technology council will look to identify and remove regulatory roadblocks to the high-speed transports. A Texas tube network that would connect Austin to Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Laredo is among the likely routes identified by the company in 2017. The transportation technology council, which will also examine tunneling, autonomous vehicles and other potential new modes of transit, will hold its first meeting this week.
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