A number of feasibility studies are being carried out when it comes to the Hyperloop systems. However, an announcement today has the US citizens excited. Startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has signed an agreement with the local authorities to start an investigation into an interstate system. This is the first interstate system in the US and will link the cities of Cleveland and Chicago.
HTT is one of the big names in the Hyperloop game along with Virgin Hyperloop One. Virgin Hyperloop One has a lot of tangible progress to show with a test track set up in Texas as well as full-scale passenger pods and initial test runs done and dusted. HTT, on the other hand, lacks the tangible development. However, it has loads of agreements with governments all around the world to study the feasibility of Hyperloop systems.
It is already conducting these studies in Slovakia, Abu Dhabi, France, Indonesia, India, and South Korea. But, the recent announcement was the first of its kind to establish a route across US state borders. This agreement is between HTT, the Northern Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
They have already identified a number of paths that could be followed by a Hyperloop between Cleveland and Chicago. This would decrease the five and a half hour journey by car to just half an hour. HTT is also calling the first real public-private partnership aimed towards bringing the Hyperloop to life in the US.
“Regulations are the ultimate barrier for Hyperloop implementation, and we are excited to build the first real public-private partnership to bring Hyperloop travel to the US,” says Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT. “With this agreement, we welcome innovative and industry-leading partners in both government and industry to our movement.”
The HTT’s latest promo video can be seen below: