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Cleveland to Chicago in Minutes? NOACA to Hold Public Meeting on the Proposed Hyperloop

Concept art for the Hyperloop
The Hyperloop, as envisioned by Space X founder Elon Musk, uses air pressure to move pods within a tube at high speeds without air resistance or friction.

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency is holding a public meeting on its plans to build a high-tech, high-speed link between Cleveland and Chicago. The meeting will be held Monday morning at the Great Lakes Science Center.

NOACA plans to fund up to half of a $1.2 million feasibility study for the Hyperloop project.

Grace Gallucci became NOACA’s executive director in 2012 after working in finance for the Chicago Transit Authority. She says the Hyperloop could give people easier access to jobs far away from the city.

“When I worked in Chicago, I will tell you there was not this sense of dependency on a person’s job that I see here. And that was because people had a lot of choices," Gallucci said.

NOACA has already raised some of the money toward the feasibility study. It will split the cost with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. Most of NOACA’s share will come from private grants, with the rest coming from the agency’s operating budget. Gallucci said it's likely the Trump administration will give federal dollars to the project.

“The White House has certainly demonstrated that they have an interest in advanced technology that provides efficiency and effectiveness, and Hyperloop definitely demonstrates those points," Gallucci said.

Monday's public meeting will include executives from HTT. They’re a competitor of Hyperloop One, which is working on its own Hyperloop concept linking Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh.

Correction:  The story originally reported that the Hyperloop route connecting Pittsburgh and Columbus to Chicago was being worked on by Space X.  Hyperloop One has no connection to that company or its founder Elon Musk.