An official with Hyperloop One, which proposes building ultra-fast tubular transportation around the world, said that a Missouri route is a top contender for development.
Dan Katz, the head of policy for the company, said that Missouri is among the top five contenders, if not in the top three.
The acknowledgment comes less than a month after the Missouri Department of Transportation and other entities said it would conduct a feasibility study of a Hyperloop track that would link Kansas City and St. Louis. Hyperloop One said that distance could be covered in 31 minutes.
Hyperloop uses electric propulsion to jet pods through a tubular track at high speeds. It is still in the testing phases.
Missouri Chief Operating Officer Drew Erdmann said despite Missouri not earning inclusion as an American top finalist last month, that he “expects the state to rise to the top of the list” if it completes the feasibility study.