A proposed Hyperloop route through Indiana that would connect Chicago, Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh is a finalist to receive a deeper examination. The Midwest Connect team was one of 10 groups selected by California-based Hyperloop One for its Global Challenge to find potential routes for the high-tech cargo and passenger system that uses magnetic levitation to send pods through low-resistance tubes at "airline speeds."
Midwest Connect includes officials from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, as well as other stakeholders like the Columbus Partnership. Proposals were submitted more than a year ago and 2,600 teams were vying to be finalists. The 10 selected teams will work with Hyperloop One to validate and further analyze the proposals. The process includes developing initial ridership forecasts, business cases and a preliminary technical study of the route. As it is Hyperloop technology, the proposed Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh corridor would go directly between the three cities and not stop in Indiana. Estimates suggest passengers or cargo from Chicago-to-Pittsburgh, a 785-mile route, would take a total of 47 minutes.
More than 2,600 teams registered and the finalists are:
- Mexico City-Guadalajara
In The United Kingdom
In The United States
Other finalists that will continue to work with Hyperloop One on plan refinements include: Sydney-Melbourne, Tallin-Helsinki, Madrid-Tangier, Bastia-Cagliari, Berlin-Hamburg, Eilat-Tel Aviv, Amsterdam-Lelystad, Glasgow-Cardiff, Cheyenne-Houston, Reno-Las Vegas and Kansas City-St. Louis.
Hyperloop One Chief Executive Officer Rob Lloyd says "studies like this bring us closer to our goal of implementing three full-scale systems operating by 2021."