Bob McDonald’s blog: Canada’s weather and terrain would present significant challenges to overcome. Achieving airline speeds in transportation at ground level is closer to reality with the first passenger test of the Virgin Hyperloop in Nevada. The technology promises ultra-high speed transport between cities, but would it survive Canadian winters and mountainous terrain? Imagine travelling from Toronto to Montreal in an hour, or Edmonton to Calgary in 30 minutes. That is theoretically how quickly you could cover those distances while sitting in a pod that is magnetically shot through a vacuum tube at ultra-high speeds. Virgin Hyperloop demonstrated the concept by carrying two passengers on a half kilometre test “tube” in Nevada. The riders were only accelerated to 172 km/hr, but earlier tests without humans achieved 387 km/hr.