Hyper Loop One announced its top 10 strongest potential routes today as it takes the next step to completely changing the transport infrastructure of the world. The company’s goal is to build transportation networks for both people and cargo, using super low pressure sealed tubes and pods that float along a track using magnetic levitation, based on a technical concept first proposed by Elon Musk.
Hyperloop One wants to build a real, working Hyperloop – but it’ll need strong partners to make it a reality, across both industry and government. That’s why, in part, it held a global competition requesting proposals for routes around the world. The winners of that competition have now been announced, and the resulting routes span the U.S., the U.K, Mexico, India, and Canada.
Hyper Loop One has assessed each proposal from hundreds of teams who applied from around the world, examining the potential of each from the perspective of infrastructure, technology, regulatory environment and transportation concerns. As a result, it identified the strongest candidates with the following routes:
Cheyenne – Denver – Pueblo (360 miles)
Chicago – Columbus – Pittsburgh (488 miles)
Miami – Orlando (257 miles)
Dallas – Houston (640 miles)
Edinburgh – London (414 miles)
Glasgow – Liverpool (339 miles)
Mexico City – Guadalajara (330 miles)
Bengaluru – Chennai (208 miles)
Mumbai – Chennai (685 miles)
Toronto – Montreal (400 miles)
The goal of Hyper Loop One in terms of getting actual operational Hyper Loops up and running is to have three routes working in a commercial capacity by 2021, so this is a key step towards helping accomplish that.