A Virgin Hyperloop One executive highlighted Missouri’s effort to land a stretch of the high-speed transportation during the Kansas City Outpost event Sunday at South by Southwest. The hyperloop panel discussion in Austin, Texas, positioned Kansas City, Missouri as “America’s blueprint for the future.”
The proposed Kansas City-to-St.-Louis route along Interstate 70 would transport passengers in less than 30 minutes, compared with about 3.5 hours by car. The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition is comprised of MoDOT, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the KC Tech Council, the University of Missouri System and the Missouri Innovation Center in Columbia.
Kansas City has been “extremely innovative and forward thinking” when it comes to new technologies and new forms of transportation, Diana Zhou, Virgin Hyperloop’s director of project strategy, told the Kansas City Business Journal. “We’ve been really impressed by the amount of support and the dedication of our partners in Missouri and in Kansas City to help us figure out how do we make this a reality on the ground.”
Hyperloop One is a private company with the mission of transforming transportation through its ultra-fast Hyperloop system. The tube-based autonomous transportation system uses electric propulsion to accelerate pods that levitate slightly above the track, thanks to strategically placed magnets that create magnetic fields. Additionally, it can leverage renewable energy, such as wind, solar and kinetic energy, to operate. The system would offer on-demand service, departing stations as often as every 20 seconds.
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