Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Culver City, CA, United States (4E) – Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), a firm developing a transportation system based on the Hyperloop concept, has signed an agreement with the North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA ) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT) to begin a feasibility study for a possible Hyperloop route between Cleveland and Chicago.
The high-speed routes under consideration will speed passenger-filled pods between Cleveland and Chicago in as little as 28 minutes.
As envisioned by its champion, Elon Musk, Hyperloop will be a high speed, intercity transporter using a low pressure tube train with a top speed of 1,300 km/h and a yearly capacity of 15 million passengers.
The study will focus on the viability of the multi-million dollar project and will determine the ideal transit corridor. HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn said these agreements represent the “first real public-private partnership to bring Hyperloop travel to the US.”
In January, Ohio’s legislature passed a resolution supporting the initiative. It’s also worked with congressional representatives from a number of states to jointly send a formal letter to Washington asking for federal funding support to build a Hyperloop network.
“It’s really exciting to be collaborating with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and IDoT to make better, faster and more efficient transportation between Chicago and Cleveland a reality,” said NOACA Director Grace Gallucci.
The work might take six to 12 months. It will examine potential routes for a Hyperloop line along with the cost, ridership, and possible station locations, she said. Public rights-of-way along I-80, I-90 and the Amtrak rail line will be explored.
“One of the things we want to do is go to Cedar Point,” said Gallucci.
HTT already has agreements with partners worldwide, including those in India and Europe.
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