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Virgin Hyperloop picks West Virginia for futuristic transport test centre

The ambition is for the centre to pave the way for the certification of hyperloop systems in the US and around the world – the first step towards realisation of commercial projects.

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Rendering of the Hyperloop Certification Centre West Virginia. Image: Virgin Hyperloop
Rendering of the Hyperloop Certification Centre West Virginia. Image: Virgin Hyperloop

Virgin Hyperloop has announced that it has chosen West Virginia to be the location of its new Hyperloop Certification Centre (HCC) and test track.

 

The company’s ambition is for HCC to pave the way for the certification of hyperloop systems in the US and around the world – the first step towards realisation of commercial projects.

 

High-tech sectors

 

Beyond progressing hyperloop on the regulatory and commercial fronts, Virgin Hyperloop reports the HCC will also create an entirely new ecosystem, creating thousands of new jobs across construction, manufacturing, operations, and high-tech sectors.

 

“Virgin Hyperloop’s decision to make West Virginia the home of [its] certification centre is a testament to our people and proves that when West Virginia competes, we win,” said senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

 

“West Virginia continues to grow in the technology, manufacturing, and innovation sectors, and I look forward to witnessing the benefits of this progress as we advance the future of travel right here in our great state.”

 

According to Virgin Hyperloop, the announcement builds off “significant progress” in the US on the regulatory front.

 

In July 2020, the US Department of Transportation (USDoT) secretary Elaine Chao and the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council released a guidance document on a clear regulatory framework for hyperloop in the US.

 

The announcement not only provides a pathway for hyperloop regulation and deployment in the US, but also establishes hyperloop’s eligibility for federal funding for projects.

 

“As we look to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, it’s clear that we need a 21st century solution that will propel us forward, allowing us to not just rebuild, but actually evolve,” added Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop.

“As we look to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, it’s clear that we need a 21st century solution that will propel us forward, allowing us to not just rebuild, but actually evolve”

“Hyperloop is that solution, and we look forward to working with our partners across the country – in places like West Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Missouri, Washington, and North Carolina – to connect the country from coast to coast.”

 

Virgin Hyperloop claims to be the only company in the world that has successfully tested hyperloop technology at scale. The company said it is working with governments, partners, and investors around the world to make hyperloop a reality “in years, not decades”.

 

Bengaluru airport MoU

 

In September, Virgin Hyperloop and Bangalore International Airport Limited, operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed hyperloop corridor from BLR Airport.


The two sides will explore ways in which hyperloop can become a part of the solution to tackle congestion and support economic growth in Bengaluru.

 

BIAL aims to make BLR Airport a transportation hub that connects people and places together through various modes of transport. In addition to its well-established road network, BLR Airport will soon be connected with the sub-urban railway in a few weeks and have Metro connectivity in four years.

 

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