Across Missouri in 23 minutes? KC-St. Louis route named Hyperloop One semifinalist

The 240-mile route between Kansas City and St. Louis is one of 35 semifinalists in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, which asked applicants from around the world to make their case for getting a Hyperloop route in their city or region.

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One is a private company with a mission of transforming transportation through its ultra-fast Hyperloop system, which the company says could carry passengers between Kansas City and St. Louis in 23 minutes. The tube-based autonomous transportation system uses electric propulsion to accelerate pods that levitate slightly above the track, thanks to strategically placed magnets that create magnetic fields.

The Global Challenge netted more than 2,600 team applications from 100-plus countries. The applicants ranged from governments to regional groups to universities to private companies.

In the coming weeks, the Hyperloop team plans to select three to five routes, including some in North America, to initially build out. Depending on regulatory red tape, freight routes could be operational by 2020, with human transportation soon to follow, Hyperloop One representatives said.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal

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