An article about the Hyperloop magnetically levitated train in the 10 August 2017 New York Times quotes Jesse Ausubel:
Humans have historically tended to travel about half an hour to work, regardless of how fast the mode of transportation.
We first studied maglevs during the 1980s as part of a National Academy of Engineering project on cities and infratructures. Not enough has changed.
R Herman, JH Ausubel. Cities and their vital systems: Synthesis and perspectives Pp 1-21 in Cities and their vital systems: Infrastructure, Past, Present, and Future, National Academy, Washington, DC1988
More recent essays in this domain are:
Italy’s Corriere della Sera also runs a new story :Ecco perché auto senza pilota e treni iperveloci non ci faranno … Corriere della Sera–Aug 15, 2017