These 10 routes could play host to the first Hyperloop One trains

Gladys Abbott
September 15, 2017

With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube.

"We are excited to partner with Hyperloop One in exploring the next step of feasibility of this innovative technology, potentially transforming how Colorado moves", said Shailen Bhatt, CDOT executive director, in a prepared statement.

Hyperloop One will commit resources and work with the Rocky Mountain Hyperloop team to determine the commercial viability of the route. A direct Cheyenne-to-Pueblo route was announced as a semi-finalist and a Cheyenne-to-Houston route was a finalist. The idea is that the train could match or exceed the speed of an airliner. Hyperloop One had a successful full-scale test this summer, achieving record test speeds.

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge is a competition setup by the company which allowed teams from all over the world; be they from universities, countries, or cities, the opportunity to come up with a proposed route for the Hyperloop transport system. In theory, it would take nine minutes to travel between Colorado Springs and Denver, and six minutes between Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

In January, the Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One company (Musk isn't affiliated) announced 35 semifinalists for its Global Challenge, an open call for proposals to implement the futuristic technology.

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With the Chicago-Pittsburgh route still in the running, the more northern Midwest is also eyeing the technology's potential, particularly for freight. The partnership comes with support from engineering firm AECOM.

Hyperloop One says more than 2600 teams worldwide registered for the Global Challenge.

"This is unprecedented and demonstrates how quickly the public-private sectors can partner to make Hyperloop systems a reality around the world". Other locations include Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh, Miami-Orlando, and Dallas-Laredo-Houston; with worldwide locations in Canada, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

The 10 winning routes connect 53 urban centers and 150 million people in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, India and the United Kingdom. Out of the 10 selected finalist chosen, 3 loops will be built by the company by 2021.

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