High speed tube route proposed for Boston-Somerset

08 April, 2017, 07:10 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • One proposed U.S. route would connect Florida cruise ports to Orlando for a quick inland trip to theme park attractions

Hyperloop technology is a vacuum tube transportation system some believe could whisk passengers and cargo along great distances at speeds far faster than airliners or bullet trains.

Hyperloop One is in Washington on Wednesday, presenting to policy makers and others in the nation's capital details regarding its progress, and revealing 11 teams from the US presenting proposed routes across 35 cities. They join 24 other teams from around the globe, each vying to be among 12 finalists.

A private company hopes to move passengers at speeds of 700 miles per hour using a pod and tube system. "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.

Hyperloop One has grown to 250 workers and expects to reach 500 by end of the year.

The Hyperloop One test track in Nevada. Passengers and cargo are loaded into pods, which are propelled through a low-pressure tube.

Hyperloop One's plan is to transport people and cargo suspended in pods by magnetic levitation inside vacuum-sealed tubes, and to travel at almost the speed the sound across long distances.

Earlier this year, Hyperloop One announced the winners in a "global challenge" it launched to find possible routes across the world.

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Two firms, Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), have since taken up the challenge to bring the vision to life. "Hyperloop One is the American Dream, and it's fast becoming an American reality".

The Hyperloop One Global ChallengeThe 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.

The shortest proposed route runs for 64 miles between Boston and Providence, calling at Somerset, while the longest measures 1,152 miles and connects Cheyenne, Wyoming, with Houston, Texas.

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"Pueblo has been very supportive on social media - especially from Visit Pueblo, as well as some innovative small businesses - and we would like to continue a dialogue with these groups", Anneberg said.

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who served under President Barack Obama, said that aside from the major obstacle of actually building something that the company can convince people is safe, another major barrier is that there is no existing way to fit something like this into America's existing oversight structures.


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