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US cities to take a closer look at hyperloop as Virgin Hyperloop One goes on tour

The mass transportation system will visit Columbus, Arlington and Kansas City and other unnamed cities to give local communities a chance to see the technology first-hand.

Nine states are reortedly exploring the use of the hyperloop technology
Nine states are reortedly exploring the use of the hyperloop technology

Mass transportation system, Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), has confirmed the dates and locations of its three city ‘tour’ in the US to showcase its new form of transportation technology, the XP-1 hyperloop pod.


VHO wants to start a dialogue about the power of the new form of mass transportation through the staging of a national roadshow that stops in Columbus, Arlington, Kansas City as well as other unnamed cities in the next few months.


Kitty Hawk moment


In May 2017, XP-1 completed the world’s first full-system hyperloop test – what VHO calls its “Kitty Hawk” moment.


This was, reportedly, the first time any company had integrated every component of a hyperloop including an efficient motor, power electronics, magnetic levitation, vacuum pumping systems, and an aerodynamic vehicle as a single unified system.


During testing, VHO claims XP-1 set the full-scale hyperloop speed record of 240 miles per hour on 550 yards of track.


“When government and investor delegations come to our test site, seeing the technology makes it real for them. Not everyone can come to the Nevada desert, so we’re bringing our technology to the people – the American people who will be riding this new form of transportation within a decade,” said Jay Walder, CEO of VHO.


VHO also claims nine states are exploring the technology and the federal government has created the non-traditional and emerging transportation technology (Nett) Council to advance safety and regulatory certification.

“We are exploring hyperloop as a potential project that would connect millions of Texans faster, safer, and more efficiently”

The scheduled stops along the national roadshow route are:


Columbus, Ohio (4 August): VHO has partnered with the Centre of Science and Industry and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)to host a STEM outreach day, featuring the XP-1 vehicle and hyperloop-related, hands-on activities for all ages


As part of the Rapid Speed Transportation Initiative, the MORPC is conducting a feasibility study of hyperloop technology along a Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh corridor, followed by components of an environmental impact statement along the same route.


Arlington, Texas: (8 -10 August): VHO has partnered with the Dallas Cowboys and the North Central Texas Council of Governments to unveil the XP-1 at the AT&T stadium.


The Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council has announced its intent to evaluate hyperloop technology in Texas. It has begun a feasibility study of a Fort Worth to Laredo route and an environmental impact study along a Dallas-Fort Worth corridor, which would include Arlington station with access to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.


Kansas City (14 September): XP-1 will be on display alongside other family-friendly programming at the Kansas Speedway.

Beyond these cities, VHO said XP-1 will also be stopping throughout the heartland – at diners, hotels, museums, parks, state houses, and stadiums – to share the progress and promise of hyperloop technology.


“Our region is going to gain three million new residents within 25 years. In order to handle this mass influx of people, we need to explore projects that will modernise our transportation infrastructure,” added Michael Morris, director of Transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments.


“We are exploring hyperloop as a potential project that would connect millions of Texans faster, safer, and more efficiently.”


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