A super-speed transport link could allow passengers to travel from Sydney to Melbourne in just 53 minutes.
RMIT transport designers are researching a “hyperloop” – a near vacuum tube which can transport people at the speed of sound.
Hyperloop is the brainchild of Elon Musk - CEO of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, PayPal, Solarcity and OpenAI - he claims Hyperloop is the fifth mode of transport after planes, trains, cars and boats.
“If we really wanted to do it, we could do it now, and be built within three to five years,’’ Mr McLelland said.
People and cargo would travel in pods running each way at the speed of sound – above ground in rural areas and underground in cities.
His team would figure out exactly how much the link would cost later this year.