Proposed Hyperloop route in Colorado could take you from Colorado Springs to Denver in 9 minutes

LOS ANGELES — A 700 mph passenger pod train is one step closer to becoming a reality in Colorado.

The Centennial State was selected as one of ten finalists in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge to identify the strongest new Hyperloop routes in the world.

Following a close assessment of proposals, ten teams from five countries across the entire globe were chosen from the hundreds of applicants.

How exactly does it work? Passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.

State transportation officials say they plan to work with Hyperloop One to study a possible route from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Pueblo.

Here are the proposed routes in Colorado and approximate travel times:

  • Pueblo to Colorado Springs: 6 minutes
  • Colorado Springs to Denver: 9 minutes
  • Denver to Greeley: 6 minutes
  • Greeley to Fort Collins: 9 minutes
  • Denver to Vail: 9 minutes

The other nine routes in the competition are as follows:

  • US: Chicago–Columbus–Pittsburgh
  • US: Dallas–Laredo–Houston
  • US: Miami–Orlando
  • India: Bengaluru–Chennai
  • India: Mumbai–Chennai
  • UK: Edinburgh–London
  • UK: Glasgow–Liverpool
  • Mexico: Mexico City–Guadalajara
  • Canada: Toronto–Montreal

Shailen Bhatt, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, says a study must now look at the feasibility of building and funding the project, which will not be paid for by the state.

The estimated cost is around $24 billion to build.

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