Virgin Hyperloop One has revealed that a feasibility study on a hyperloop route spanning from Kansas City to St Louis has produced favorable results. The examination was performed by Black & Veatch, which created an independent report analyzing a possible future route next to the I-70 highway through Missouri.
The Missouri route runs along Interstate 70 from Kansas City to St. Louis with a stop in Columbia, Missouri, along the way. The proposed route would allow some 5 million residents of Kansas City and St. Louis to travel the roughly 250 miles across the state to the other cities in 30 minutes. Columbia, where the University of Missouri is located, could reach the two major cities in 15 minutes.
As well, the independent report found that Virgin Hyperloop One’s linear infrastructure’s cost would clock in at about 40-percent lower than high-speed rail projects. Despite the lower cost, the hyperloop system would offer much faster speeds at up to three times the rate of high-speed rail alternatives.
Additional studies are underway in Colorado and Ohio, the latter of which includes the first US Environmental Impact Studies concerning a system like this.