The gyste by Wade Roush http://www.xconomy.com/author/wroush/ : “It’s really a question of hedging our bets—and supporting innovation of all stripes.”
Its a great article outlying all the major parts of the hyperloop but I dont agree that one company should build the whole thing from scratch. “The only way to find out is to try building it, starting with extensive computer simulations, followed by the construction of a test track.” This can all be done by seperate companies.
“But who could fund such an enormous prize? I’d like to nudge the big Los Angeles and Silicon Valley biotech, defense, Internet, and computing companies, who have a vested interest in the quality of life in California, to step up. For if nothing else, a system as fast as the Hyperloop could be seen as a really fat data pipe. Musk thinks a Hyperloop capsule will be able to carry passengers and luggage weighing up to 2,800 kilograms. If you replaced all of that weight with 1-terabyte hard drives and rushed them from L.A. to San Francisco in 35 minutes, you’d get an effective bandwidth of 4.8 terabits per second. That’s about 50 times faster than today’s state-of-the-art 100-gigabit Ethernet networks.”