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Colorado in the running for super fast Hyperloop transportation

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Colorado is a semi-finalist for the Hyperloop One transportation project. Colorado is a semi-finalist for the Hyperloop One transportation project.
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Imagine if you could make the 110-mile trip from Pueblo to Denver not in the normal two hours of travel time, but rather in less than 30 minutes.

What sounds like science fiction fantasy is growing closer to reality. Colorado is a semifinalist for a project that could kick off mankind's next transportation revolution.

There are 35 semifinalists across the globe to build the new Hyperloop.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials say it's too early to say exactly where the route would run or how much the system would cost, but did say a big part of the cost would be shared by Hyperloop One.

"It could be a new train rush, it could be a new interstate rush, similar to what we had 50 and even 150 years ago," says Amy Ford, CDOT Communications Director.

Electromagnetically-levitated pods sent through elevated pipeline-like tubes at blistering speeds.  How fast? 

"Either a person or a parcel would be in a pod that goes at 700 miles per hour to its destination," says Ford.

That's faster than planes flying above. Sounds crazy, right?

The futuristic-sounding mode of travel sounds like a distant fantasy, but it's not. According to CDOT it could happen in the next year or two.

If Colorado advances to the list of finalists,  CDOT's proposal is to build the first stretch from Denver International Airport to Greeley, but eventually connecting the Front Range from Fort Collins to Pueblo at hyper speed.

"The technology is tested, it's been proven that it can work, and so now it's really a question of building the infrastructure itself to test that on a little bit more of a pilot system," says Ford.

The notion of a Front Range passenger rail has been bandied about for years, usually stalling over objections over property rights or potential environmental impacts.

CDOT says the Hyperloop's elevated tubes would leave a fraction of the footprint of a rail line or highway, wildlife could safely cross underneath, and the system would be electric with no fuel emissions.

"Right now, when you look at the infrastructure cost of elevating and essentially building a tube compared to a lane-mile cost of building a highway, it could potentially be significantly less," Ford explains.

As existing infrastructure ages and gets more crowded, inefficient, and dangerous, CDOT hopes Hyperloop could be part of the solution. It has the potential to save lives as everyone gets from point A to point B, more quickly.

More information: https://hyperloop-one.com/

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