Would you like to go from Colorado Springs to Pueblo in six minutes? How about a trip from here to Denver in just nine minutes?
That's the promise of Hyperloop One, which announced on Sept. 14 that Colorado's Front Range is one of the 10 winners of its Hyperloop One Global Challenge to identify the strongest new Hyperloop routes in the world. According to a news release, Hyperloop One will commit business and engineering resources and work closely with the teams to determine their commercial viability. In addition, the Global Challenge-led Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), with support from consulting firm AECOM, will partner to conduct a feasibility study of a route from Pueblo to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
As the Gazette reported, the technology is still being developed to use electric propulsion and magnetic levitation to transport a pod of cargo or people at speeds of 700 miles per hour.
Hyperloop One says the winning routes connect 53 urban centers and nearly 150 million people representing Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States.