10 months ago
Instead of a border wall, a group of engineers took the U.S. government’s request for design submissions to propose a cross-border Hyperloop system.
The Hyperloop network would stretch 1,250 miles and include stations for passengers from either country. To power it, solar farms would be used as part of the project. Though the plan would cost an estimated $15 billion to erect, it’s projected to generate $1 trillion in trade, according to Tech Insider.
It remains extremely unlikely, though, that the Trump administration would sign off on the unprecedented concept.
The proposal would transform the U.S.-Mexico border into an unincorporated territory, called Otra Nation that has its own local government, along with non-voting representation in American and Mexican governments. For fluid border crossing without comprising security, the plan includes a combination of biometric check-in and electronic ID cards for residents of Otra Nation.
MADE Collective, which pitched the futuristic transportation system, is a group of architects, designers, engineers, and urban planners from the U.S. and Mexico. Members of the group have advised the three previous American administrations and two previous Mexican Presidents.