by Steve Hanley: On April 6, Hyperloop One hosted a conference on American infrastructure in Washington, DC, where…
it released details about the role it intends to play in bringing rapid, low-cost transportation to the nation. President Trump is proposing to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure during the next several years and those who want to participate in that plan are flocking to Washington to present their ideas. Elon Musk last week told administration officials that he can bore tunnels from coast to coast to help solve America’s congestion problems.
In the 1950s, President Eisenhower initiated the Interstate highway system. That infrastructure project linked all parts of the country with high-speed highways for the first time and unleashed a boom in economic activity that helped propel the United States into the forefront of the world’s nations. Backers of Elon Musk’s hyperloop idea think it could have a similar effect on the US economy in the 21st century.
“Hyperloop One is the only company in the world building an operational commercial Hyperloop system,” said Rob Lloyd, chief executive officer of Hyperloop One. “This disruptive technology — conceived, developed and built in the US — will move passengers and cargo faster, cleaner and more efficiently. It will transform transportation as we know it and create a more connected world.”
Lloyd said that by year’s end the company will have a team of 500 engineers, fabricators, scientists, and other employees dedicated to bringing the technology to life. Hyperloop One, he said, will enable broad benefits across communities and markets, support sustainable manufacturing and supply chains, ease strain on existing infrastructure, and improve the way millions live and work.
This past week, the company finalized the tube installation on its 1640-foot-long DevLoop, located in the desert outside of Las Vegas. The facility serves as an outdoor lab for its proprietary levitation, propulsion, vacuum, and control technologies.
“The US has always been a global innovation vanguard – driving advancements in computing, communication and media to rail, automobiles and aeronautics,” said Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman of Hyperloop One. “Now, with Hyperloop One, we are on the brink of the first great breakthrough in transportation technology of the 21st century, eliminating the barriers of time and distance and unlocking vast economic opportunities. Hyperloop One is the American Dream, and it’s fast becoming an American reality,” Pishevar said.
The Hyperloop One Global Challenge
The Hyperloop One Global Challenge kicked off in May 2016 as an open call to individuals, universities, companies, and governments to develop comprehensive proposals for deploying Hyperloop One’s transport technology in their region. Five of the proposals – including those from Texas, Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and Missouri – involve officials from their state Departments of Transportation.
Proposed routes that would greatly reduce passenger and cargo transport times across some of the country’s most heavily trafficked regions include Los Angeles—San Diego, Miami—Orlando, and Seattle—Portland. The longest-distance proposal, Cheyenne—Houston, would run 1,152 miles across four states, reducing to 1 hour and 45 minutes a journey that currently takes 17 hours by car or truck.
Here’s a list of the 11 proposed Hyperloop One routes currently under consideration.
- Boston—Somerset-Providence, Hyperloop Massachusetts, 64 miles
- Cheyenne—Houston, Rocky Mountain Hyperloop Consortium, 1152 miles
- Chicago—Columbus—Pittsburgh, Hyperloop Midwest, 488 miles
- Colorado Front Range/ Mountain Network, Rocky Mountain Hyperloop, 360 miles
- Colorado Front Range, Colorado Hyperloop, 242 miles
- Kansas City—St. Louis, Hyperloop Missouri, 240 miles
- Los Angeles—San Diego, Hyperloop West, 121 miles
- Miami—Orlando, Hyperloop Florida, 257 miles
- Reno—Las Vegas, Hyperloop Nevada, 454 miles
- Seattle—Portland, PNW Hyperloop, 173 miles
- Texas Triangle, Hyperloop Texas, 640 miles