Published: Sam, Septembre 16, 2017
International | By Oceane Deschanel

Texas' 20 minute Hyperloop from Houston to Dallas closer to becoming reality

Texas' 20 minute Hyperloop from Houston to Dallas closer to becoming reality

The wait for the best "hyperloop" routes is over.

The 10 routes are in the U.S., Canada, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Hyperloop is a pressurized tube that speeds pods containing human passengers or cargo across land at jet plane speeds using electromagnetic propulsion. The submitted routes were then analyzed by experts in infrastructure, technology, and transportation.

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge kicked off in May 2016 with a call for comprehensive proposals to build Hyperloop networks connecting cities and regions around the world.

It would service 10 urban centers and more than 4.8 million people, and include a leg that extends to Vail.

But none of the 11 stops on the potential north-south route is in Boulder County.

Hyperloop One ultimately aims to get three full-scale hyperloop routes up and running by 2021.

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The first of these deals has already been struck with the Rocky Mountain route, as Hyperloop One, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and US engineer Aecom have agreed to enter a public-private partnership to begin a feasibility study in Colorado. 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.

"The port of Laredo is arguably one of the most important economic assets to the country".

Hyperloop Texas representatives said the technology would help to eliminate mass congestion on Austin, Dallas and Houston's roadways.

The contest was held by Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles-based company looking to commercialize hyperloop transportation.

Other notable winners include a 532-km (330-mi) connection between Mexico City and Guadalajara, a 640-km (400-mi) connection between the Canadian cities of Toronto and Montreal, and a UK connection between Edinburgh and London, passing through the cities of Birmingham and Manchester along the way.

It says the next logical step would be to extend the hyperloop system into the U.S., west to Detroit from Windsor, Ont., and east from Quebec to Niagara Falls and Buffalo and on toward Chicago, New York and Boston.

"Our successful test this summer made Hyperloop a reality, and now we're ready to bring our Hyperloop system to the world", Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One said.

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