Virgin Hyperloop One said Tuesday that an ultra-high speed route linking Kansas City to Columbia and St. Louis is one of its top five routes and it has begun a feasibility study into making it a reality.
The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition, a public-private group advancing the idea of a hyperloop route across the state, has picked Black & Veatch, an Overland Park, Kansas-based engineering firm, to conduct the study.
“This is a route that, on paper, looks great and Black & Veatch is going to test that proposition,” Dan Katz, director of North American projects for Hyperloop One, said in an interview with The Kansas City Star.
Hyperloop is a transit system where pods carrying passengers and cargo use magnetic levitation to glide above a track system. Virgin Hyperloop One completed a test run in which a pod reached 240 miles an hour. In theory, the system can reach speeds of 640 miles an hour.
The Missouri hyperloop feasibility study is expected to take seven to nine months, Black & Veatch officials said.