Virgin Hyperloop One has conducted testing of its transportation technology at a facility in the Nevada desert. | Courtesy of Hyperloop One

Study suggests KC-St. Louis hyperloop route feasible at $10 billion or less



A high-speed tube that could transport passengers between Kansas City and St. Louis in less than 30 minutes is feasible, the project’s backers said Wednesday, citing the results of a new study.

Black & Veatch, an Overland Park, Kansas-based engineering firm, conducted the study of the proposed hyperloop route, which would carry passengers in pods through low-friction tubes.

Virgin Hyperloop One, the company behind the project, didn’t release the study, expressing concerns about intellectual property theft.

However, officials said the Missouri project — which has the backing of a group that includes University of Missouri System, the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce and the KC Tech Council —  would cost $30 to $40 million per mile, or $7.5 billion for a 250-mile track.

That’s cheaper than a high-speed rail line connecting the two cities, officials said, and cheaper than a 360-mile hyperloop line being proposed in Colorado.

Missouri’s bid is helped by the fact that the state transportation department has lent its support to the project — thus eliminating potential eminent domain issues along Interstate 70 — and that the I-70 corridor is relatively straight and flat.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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