Would it be possible to create a human transport system that uses the same principles as a particle accelerator?
So if you had a vacuum tube that could fit a 2 m diameter metallic sphere/pod that carries a human (with, say, a total mass with human, seat, luggage etc., 500 kg), what would be the most energy efficient or practical way to levitate the pod in the tube and then also propel it?
I thought about making the pod positive charged (like an H+ ion in the Linac2 at CERN's LHC) by making it a capacitor, then creating an opposite charge on the tube to keep the pod elevated in the middle and then using an electric field to propel it.
But maybe it'd be better to use magnetism to do the same thing or a combination of both electrical and magnetism?
What energies would be required to accomplish this if I wanted to travel from NYC to LA in 1 hr. That's a distance of 4000 km.