Colorado Among Ten Worldwide Locations Selected For Hyperloop Transportation Viability Study

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

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

Off the back of the challenge, Hyperloop One is also kicking off a public private partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation, with support from Aecom, to commence a feasibility study. A direct Cheyenne-to-Pueblo route was announced as a semi-finalist and a Cheyenne-to-Houston route was a finalist.

Hyperloop says the 360-mile Colorado project will be one part of a network of tubes used to transport people at almost the speed of sound.

A Hyperloop tube is displayed during the first test of the propulsion system at the Hyperloop One Test and Safety site on May 11, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The company will now commit "meaningful business and engineering resources" and work closely with the successful routes to assess their commercial viability and assess aspects such as ridership forecast. Once it picks up enough speed, the pod lifts above the track with magnetic levitation, allowing it to glide at airline speeds thanks to its ultra-low aerodynamic drag.

Hyperloop One, based in Los Angeles, is one of several start-ups around the world racing to develop the system of tubes, depressurized inside to reduce friction, in order to transport pods carrying commuters.

The company demonstrated a Hyperloop test this summer in which a pod hit almost 200 miles per hour on a track about a third of a mile long. In theory, it would take nine minutes to travel between Colorado Springs and Denver, and six minutes between Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

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The challenge of finding routes involved more than 100 countries.

In a press release, Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said: "The results of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge far exceeded our expectations".

The winning teams were chosen on specific criteria, including well-defined routes and implementation strategies, involvement from public and private sectors, business cases, and innovative and creative applications. Now it has whittled that number down to 10, including four routes in the US: the Denver metro; from Chicago to Pittsburgh; from Miami to Orlando; and from Dallas to Houston. It's joined by teams from the U.S., India, United Kingdom, Mexico and Canada. Out of the 10 selected finalist chosen, 3 loops will be built by the company by 2021.

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