Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Experts say local governments and entrepreneurs still have to answer many questions about proposed Hyperloops that promise to whiz passengers hundreds of miles in a matter of minutes though vacuum tubes.

The foremost of those questions: Will Hyperloop actually work?

“There’s a big difference between theory and reality,” said Harvey Miller, the director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Ohio State University. “Even if it works on a test track in Nevada, will it scale to inter-city distances?”

Amid Hyperloop Hype, Transit Troubles Remain

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Cleveland is studying the possibility of building a high-speed transportation link to Chicago. Supporters say the proposed Hyperloop would open up new jobs to Northeast Ohioans. But some local transit riders and advocates wonder if it’s the best way to spend limited transportation dollars.

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The Cleveland Foundation will pitch in to study whether a Cleveland-to-Chicago Hyperloop  is feasible.

 

The foundation is giving $200,000 to help with the study by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and California-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.

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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.

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