Any trip includes the time from the specific address in the departure city to a specific address in the destination city. In air travel this includes the travel time to the airport, parking and boarding time, airport security, debarking and obtaining ground transport to the final specific destination. Because air and rail leave on schedules, the actual time must be padded to allow for contingencies in getting to the terminal and preparing for boarding.
STT, like automobiles on an expressway, has no need for stations nor does the traffic slow when cars enter or exit. Both autos and STT are open systems while trains and airplanes are closed systems. Closed systems require the passenger to change vehicles to enter the system.
The STT car can go from a local roads into a guideway and become a 70 mph solar tubular commuter. It can transfer onto a 150 mph intercity guideway. At the destination city, the car moves back to a commuter guideway and then exits to surface streets to travel to a specific address.
Amtrak’s Acela makes the D.C. to Boston trip in 6 hours and 40 minutes while a STT car would do it in a little over 3 hours. The difference isn’t top speed but trains make multiple stops while STT, like an expressway, allows cars to enter and exit without slowing traffic flow.
Airplanes take 1 hour and 30 minutes from D.C. to Boston but the rider has to get to the airport early and then from the airport. From door to door, STT would be as fast, if not faster, than flying but with much less stress.
The proposed 600 mph Hyperloop between San Francisco and Los Angelos has each car carrying 28 passengers and departing every 30 seconds. Maxed out, it will transport 3360 riders per hour in each direction. STT transports more than twice as many riders and they won’t be left at a distant terminal but travel door to door.
A dual direction, high speed, STT tube used at only 10% of its capacity and having cars occupied by 1.16 riders would transport over 16 million riders a year. Amtrak’s North East Corridor from Washington D.C. to Boston carried 11.4 million in 2013.
Solar Tubular Transit is a redesigned successor to
Tubular Guideway Transit. http://www.tubularguidewaytransit.com/html/TGTnew.html
High speed, intercity STT guideways are time competitive with air and high speed rail for distances under 450 miles.