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North Texas continues to explore a future with hyperloop technology

Posted Dec. 13, 2018

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A pod floats just above the rails inside the tube and makes the travel experience similar to flying on a plane.

The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) wants to know more about hyperloop technology and how it could be used to revolutionize travel. After Virgin Hyperloop One named Texas one of 10 areas to be considered for hyperloop technology, a delegation of RTC members visited the company’s test facility in North Las Vegas, walking away impressed with its potential to revolutionize travel.

Seeing firsthand the test site, which displays the sleek cylinder tunnel on top of cement pillars and stretches approximately five football fields, intensified the interest of the RTC members in this revolutionary transportation choice. Experts and engineers were in attendance during the visit to answer any questions about the system in terms of its functionality, unique attributes and the impact it could potentially have in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Hyperloop is powered by magnetic levitation, removing air pressure within the cylindrical tube and leaving zero resistance against the moving pod. The pod floats just above the rails inside the tube and makes the travel experience similar to flying on a plane, minus the turbulence. With the absence of air pressure, the pod has reached up to 240 mph during testing.

The RTC has also agreed to consider both hyperloop and high-speed rail technology as part of the environmental analysis of the Fort Worth-to-Dallas corridor that would connect to Texas Central Partners’ Dallas-to-Houston HSR project. In addition to moving people rapidly, the hyperloop technology is looking to improve the transportation of goods and products.

There is another potential use of this system. The Fort-Worth-to-Laredo corridor could include a goods-movement component to a potential hyperloop line. The geography of North Texas makes it an attractive potential site to test this technology. DFW provides two metropolitan areas located on a straight and flat plain just over 30 miles apart.

Because of the expected population of 11.2 million people by 2045, both Virgin Hyperloop One and the RTC see this as an opportunity to provide a more efficient and environmentally-friendly transportation method to a population that is open to new ideas in transportation.

With a need to provide North Texas residents with more travel options, while positively impacting air quality, the RTC sees a bright future for hyperloop technology in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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