The study will include two potential route alignments for evaluation, one from the original proposal and one alternative to be defined in the study. The potential routes will include at least the following cities: Chicago, Fort Wayne, Lima, Marysville, Columbus and Pittsburgh. The study is expected to be completed by March 2019.
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“It is because of visionary transportation agencies like MORPC that hyperloop is moving forward in the United States. We are excited to collaborate with these world-class public and private sector partners to connect the Midwest with rapid speed transport that will fuel future economic activity,” said Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd. “The potential is enormous – to connect some 20 percent of the nation’s population and economic activity and create a vibrant, globally-competitive Great Lakes Megaregion.”
The Columbus-Pittsburgh-Chicago route is one of 10 potential routes from around the world selected as finalists of the Virgin Hyperloop One Global Challenge, and it was the only route selected that would cross four U.S. states, according to a release.
A second proposal for a hyper loop by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has proposed a route from Cleveland to Chicago that includes a stop in Dayton.
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