Missouri’s hopes for a futuristic, high-speed transit system connecting Kansas City and St. Louis appear to be back on track.
Despite Missouri missing the cut when transportation company Hyperloop One revealed four U.S. finalist routes in September, the company on Tuesday announced it has entered into a public-private partnership to conduct a feasibility study for a route connecting Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis. Organizers say the Hyperloop system could travel between Kansas City and St. Louis in about 23 minutes.
A group of Missouri governmental and private organizations have formed the Missouri Hyperloop Coalition to advance the building of a Hyperloop route along the I-70 corridor, connecting Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis. The feasibility study is expected to cost between $1 million and $1.5 million, according to Patrick McKenna, commissioner of Missouri Department of Transportation.
The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition is comprised of MoDOT, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the KC Tech Council, the University of Missouri System and the Missouri Innovation Center in Columbia. No Kansas governmental or private agencies are a part of the effort.