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A tube at the Hyperloop One Propulsion Open Air Test in the Las Vegas desert in May 2016. | Photo courtesy of Hyperloop One

Safety plays prominent role in hyperloop conversation



Discussions of a high-speed Missouri Hyperloop route have switched gears: Ergonomics are now a focus. The safety of the proposed 30-minute ride from Kansas City to St. Louis is a concern for members of the public.

That was one takeaway from a panel conversation Thursday in Kansas City. Organized by the Missouri Hyperloop Coalition, the discussion featured local tech and engineering leaders, plus representatives from Virgin Hyperloop One.

Missouri is vying to become one of the first places to have the high-speed, pod-based transit system, which is projected to move passengers at speeds of around 600 MPH. A feasibility study of the Missouri Hyperloop was released in October. 

The proposed rail would be built along the I-70 corridor and would make a stop in Columbia. 

Virgin Hyperloop One has been looking into ergonomic concerns by making mock windows and playing with lighting options.

Read more: Startland News.

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