ST. LOUIS, MO – A Hyperloop ONE project to connect Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis was a highlight of the FreightWeek STL conference. Missouri’s Hyperloop Coalition says they’re taking more steps to bring the innovative infrastructure to the state.
A feasibility study is being completed by engineering firm Black and Veatch, which is based in Kansas City, at no cost to taxpayers. Among the items being studied are precise route/alignment along I-70, land issues that will be encountered (i.e. tunnels, bridges, etc.), regulatory frameworks that will allow the system to be built, cost, economic and social impacts and the ability to run profitably. The study will be complete in September or October.
Missouri is among the top five sites in the world under consideration for the first inter-city route. The Hyperloop technology combines magnetic levitation trains and vacuum tubes. This creates a coasting effect that would allow for the movement of people and goods at 700 miles per hour. The Missouri project would cut travel time from St. Louis to Kansas City to around a half hour.
The Missouri corridor along I-70 would make St. Louis the 9th largest economic development mega-region in the country. The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition says it would be bigger than Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Minneapolis or Seattle. The combined Missouri metro areas could combine workforces to attract development in the state, which would help strengthen our position as a global leader.
Colorado’s study on the feasibility of a hyperloop is nearing its halfway point. On Tuesday, Dan Katz, the director of North American Projects for Virgin Hyperloop One said that project is a front-runner for the first hyperloop in the United States. He also revealed renderings for the hyperloop station near Denver International Airport.
The co-founder of the Missouri Hyperloop Coalition, Andrew Smith, tells FreightWeek STL conference members that he isn't just working on bringing Hyperloop technology to Missouri. His organization is also working with the departments of transportation from several states to promote a “Heartland Hyperloop” route that would ultimately connect Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Pittsburgh.
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