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Cheyenne to Pueblo Hyperloop one of ten winners

Cheyenne to Pueblo Hyperloop one of ten winners

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge kicked off in May of 2016.

Colorado could be one of the first places in the world to get a working Hyperloop high-speed travel system.

Colorado's proposal, from a team called Rocky Mountain Hyperloop that includes CDOT, Denver, and Greeley, would cover 360 miles and 10 urban centers with a population of more than 4.8 million; it would connect Cheyenne, Wyoming to Pueblo, Colorado, and include Pueblo, Colorado Springs, the Denver airport, Greeley, and Vail.

"We are excited to partner with Hyperloop One in exploring the next step of feasibility of this innovative technology, potentially transforming how Colorado moves", CDOT executive director Shailen Bhatt said.

Of particular note, is that Hyperloop One has entered into a public-private partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation and together they will begin a thorough feasibility study of a potential route and all that it might be able to provide in terms of transport and freight.

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The company will now commit "meaningful business and engineering resources" and work closely with the successful routes to assess their commercial viability and assess aspects such as ridership forecast. Among other things, the study will look at transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes and strategies, as well as regulatory environments, according to CDOT. There are nine other finalists, including three USA cities: Denver, Miami and Houston.

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge is a competition setup by the company which allowed teams from all over the world; be they from universities, countries, or cities, the opportunity to come up with a proposed route for the Hyperloop transport system.

"The Global Challenge became a movement of thousands of people from more than 100 countries over six continents".

Hyperloop is a pressurized tube that speeds pods containing human passengers or cargo across land at jet plane speeds using electromagnetic propulsion. The company's goal is to have three fully operational systems by 2021.

The 10 Hyperloop One Global Challenge winners represent the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, India and Canada. Other locations include Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh, Miami-Orlando, and Dallas-Laredo-Houston; with worldwide locations in Canada, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.


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