Evidently, we should be bracing ourselves for a “major announcement” from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission regarding the hyperloop. MORPC is ready to announce “the first step we’ll be taking with Hyperloop One” sometime during the week of February 19.
In September 2017, Hyperloop One chose the Midwest Connect route, linking Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Chicago, as one of the 10 winners from around the globe. According to This Week News, being chosen means the incredibly fast transportation technology company will consider “meaningful business and engineering resources and work closely with each of the winning teams/routes to determine their commercial viability.”
Last month, Columbus leaders traveled to Nevada to meet with Hyperloop One officials and check out the world’s only full-scale hyperloop test track. MORPC’s director of transportation systems and funding told This Week News the possibility of this revolutionary new transportation option here in the Midwest is feeling more real than ever.
More details about the Midwest Connect:
- Using the route, you could get from Columbus to Chicago in under 30 minutes and to Pittsburgh in under 20
- In addition to Chicago, Columbus, and Pittsburgh, the loop would have stops in Lima, Newark, and Fort Wayne, IN.
- Chicago, Columbus, and Pittsburgh would combine for a gross domestic product of $865 billion if the hyperloop happens
- According to a MORPC January 2018 status report, half of the total funding goal ($1.25 million) was either committed or pending
- The other winning routes, which represent Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States, are Toronto-Montreal in Canada, Bengaluru-Chennai and Mumbai-Chennai in India, Edinburgh-London and Glasgow-Liverpool in the United Kingdom, Mexico City-Guadalajara in Mexico and Cheyenne-Denver-Pueblo, Dallas-Laredo-Houston and Miami-Orlando in the U.S
Photos courtesy of MORPC per This Week News