America is lagging behind on infrastructure. People are being priced out of the cities in which they want to live, employers have problems to find talent in the area, road congestions are a daily problem. There is an enormous need for fast, clean and efficient transportation. Hyperloop One wants to tackle this problem. They have a vision. And if the vision is there, the means will follow. The Hyperloop is real, and it is becoming a reality soon.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) rated US infrastructure with a D+, stating that surface transportation is the sector with the largest gap. The government understands that change is needed. In just a few months a ten year, 1 trillion dollar infrastructure plan will be launched by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. This plan will be a combination of public and private investments.
The solutions of Hyperloop One
As said, Hyperloop has a vision. A vision with concrete solutions. Hyperloop recently launched its ‘Vision for America‘. A year ago they organized the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, inviting teams to come up with proposals for Hyperloop Corridors. The result: routes that would connect 35 metro areas and 83 million Americans: Las Vegas to Reno in 42 minutes (compared to 7 hours by car or 1 hour 15 minutes by plane). Chicago to Columbus in 29 minutes (half the time of a plane journey, and that doesn’t even include the airport hassles). Denver to Boulder in 5 minutes (compared to a 90 minute drive).
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The benefits of Hyperloop
Some examples of benefits of a system like this. Employers can reach a labor pool . Ten times as big as they normally do. Companies can shift premises into areas that are less populated, saving enormous amounts of costs. Image what these advantages could mean for companies as Boeing, Amazon or Microsoft, should this system unlock the area of Seattle.
Shipping and logistics can become much faster, more reliable and cleaner. Commuting advantages will save money for families, traffic congestion will reduce, saving time and money and lowering pollution.
Not just US, Hyperloop can exported around the world
Hyperloops solutions do not only help the US. A breakthrough like this can easily be exported to countries around the world with the same transportation problems. Or to countries who want to prevent this from happening and who want to become more efficient. It can be an example for the rest of the world.
When will this become a reality?
Again, if the vision is there, the means will follow. Just recently, tube installation was finalized in the 500 metres long Devloop in the desert of Las Vegas. DevLoop is a full-system Hyperloop test track. In the coming months the first pod will be tested, proving the core set of system components to work together.
Then we’ll look to build proof of operations centers in locations around the world to demonstrate the system is reliable and safe, and scale up from there. Success will require working closely with partners in government and transportation agencies to obtain all the certifications and regulatory approvals, as well as bottoms-up efforts with community leaders and advocates.
According to Rehi Alaganar, Senior Business Analyst of Hyperloop One, after this they “look to build proof of operations centers in locations around the world to demonstrate the system is reliable and safe, and scale up from there. Success will require working closely with partners in government and transportation agencies to obtain all the certifications and regulatory approvals, as well as bottoms-up efforts with community leaders and advocates.”