Plans for a proposed Virgin Hyperloop One route between St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri, are gaining momentum as an official feasibility study is underway. The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition, a public-private partnership dedicated to evaluating the construction of a Hyperloop route linking the Missouri cities along the I-70 corridor, commissioned the study earlier this year.
The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition is comprised of Missouri Department of Transportation, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the KC Tech Council, the University of Missouri System and the Missouri Innovation Center in Columbia. The study will analyze the potential economic impact and develop a construction cost estimate and recommendations on how to pay for it.
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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