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Hyperloop: All Hype or the Real Deal?

Brent Warren Brent Warren Hyperloop: All Hype or the Real Deal?

The Hyperloop has been a hot topic in Columbus since January of last year, when a proposal to connect Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh with the futuristic technology was selected as one of 35 semifinalists in the Global Challenge. A second round of media stories came last September, when Columbus was selected as one of 10 […]

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Chicago to Columbus: Hyperloop and High Speed Rail Options to be Studied

Brent Warren Brent Warren Chicago to Columbus: Hyperloop and High Speed Rail Options to be Studied

The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) announced a plan today to study “rapid-speed” transportation options linking Pittsburgh, Columbus and Chicago. That would include both high speed rail – which was first floated as an option in 2013 and for which some planning has already begun – and Hyperloop, the futuristic tube-based transport that has […]

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NEXT: Hyperloop Commuting

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Hyperloop Commuting

Everyone who reads Columbus Underground must be aware that Columbus—or, rather the Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh “Midwest Hyperloop Project”— was one of 10 winners of Hyperloop One’s Global Challenge. Hyperloop, you’ll recall, is Elon Musk’s vision for a network of “vacuum tube trains:” trains that are sealed in a tube such that air and wind resistance are eliminated, […]

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Columbus to Chicago Rail Proposal Still on the Table

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus to Chicago Rail Proposal Still on the Table

Yesterday’s announcement that a hyperloop route between Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh will be further studied might leave some wondering — what happened to the proposal to build a high speed rail line on essentially the same route? The passenger rail proposal, which would connect Columbus to Chicago by upgrading existing freight lines, is not dead. […]

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Columbus Hyperloop Proposal Named One of 10 Finalists in Global Challenge

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus Hyperloop Proposal Named One of 10 Finalists in Global Challenge

A proposal to link Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh by hyperloop — a futuristic technology that involves pods traveling at up to 600 miles per hour through a pneumatic tube — has been selected as one of 10 routes worldwide that will now “move forward in the process.” That process is being led by Hyperloop One, […]

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Proposal for Hyperloop Between Chicago and Columbus Receives a Boost From Startup

Brent Warren Brent Warren Proposal for Hyperloop Between Chicago and Columbus Receives a Boost From Startup

A proposal from the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission to build a hyperloop from Chicago to Pittsburgh (with a stop in Columbus) received a boost from a startup looking to build the first prototype of the futuristic transportation idea. Hyperloop One is a Los Angeles-based company that is researching the technology, which it describes as […]

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