The transport units, with space for two euro pallets, move underground around the clock at around 30 km/h and are connected via induction loops in the ground. The trolleys will use these to charge their batteries during the journey so that they can move forward autonomously at times. A kind of underground GPS shall control the cars. There will be one lane for each direction. The central service lane is reserved for repairs, avoiding defective trolleys, or temporary goods storage.
There will be several multifunctional city hubs along the route for loading and unloading goods, where a lift will automatically bring the trolleys to the surface. Supported by IT, the goods will be automatically bundled by cargo load for fine distribution and transferred to electrically powered cargo bikes, vans, or light trucks to cover the last mile. The operating company expects that the completed CST expansion will pare down truck traffic between Geneva and St. Gallen as well as Basel and Lucerne by 40 percent.
Magnetic levitation technology going 600 km/h
If Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has its way, its Hyperloop project will soon be shooting large overseas containers at 600 km/h through a vacuum tube hundreds of kilometers long at one minute intervals, using magnetic levitation technology. Similar to pneumatic tube mail, transport capsules loaded with containers will whiz smoothly through the nearly airless transport tubes at almost the speed of sound. The concrete tubes could be equipped with solar cells and supply the energy for the levitation of the arrow-shaped short trains as well as their rapid propulsion.