Hyperloop testing near Las Vegas generates global interest

Virgin Hyperloop One reached approximately 240 mph with a travel circuit that magnetically levitates a capsule and sends it through a tube. (Virgin Hyperloop One) The test of a new mode of high-speed public transportation that is happening in the backyard of Las Vegas at this time could lead to a new era of transportation.
Virgin Hyperloop One is looking to take the progress that the company has seen in its southern Nevada test track, located 45 minutes from Las Vegas, and implement the high-speed underground transportation model worldwide.
With test speeds of up to 245 mph, the company finally expects to connect cities as subway stops, which would allow a person to live, for example, in Columbus, Ohio, and work in Chicago, Hyperloop One spokesman Ryan Kelly said. , at Future Travel Experience conference in Las Vegas last week.
“Imagine if I could, while I could cross Chicago in 40 minutes, I could connect Columbus, Pittsburgh and Chicago in less than 40 minutes,” Kelly said. “Create mega regions, versus mega cities.”
The system works in this way: a hyperloop capsule travels in a low pressure underground tube at speeds greater than 670 mph, largely next to the main highways and within the limits of the roads, allowing minimal problems when build the necessary infrastructure for such a mode of mass transport.
Kelly would move both people and cargo, as there is a need in both kingdoms. Hyperloop One has raised $ 372 million, mainly among the main Virgin investors on the passenger side and DP World on the cargo side.
At the peak, the hyperloop could carry up to 16,000 passengers per hour. To be worth the cost to the average passenger, ticket prices must be in line with other public transportation options, Kelly said.
For example, a trip from St. Louis to Kansas City would cost about $ 30, or about the equivalent of a gas tank, Kelly said.
A dozen states are in different stages of hyperloop feasibility studies for their regions.
The Washington Department of Transportation is studying the possibility of linking Vancouver, Seattle and Portland and the North Central Texas Council of Governments is studying the possibility of linking Dallas and Fort Worth, and perhaps expanding that system to Laredo, Texas.
However, it is likely that India has the world’s first functioning hyperloop system, as the country is already planning to link two major cities in the western part of the country. The project will begin with a demonstration track, for which a feasibility study is being carried out, followed by the implementation of a fully operational route.
So, after the first innovative tests occurred here in southern Nevada, it seems that what some considered a secondary show could become a reality, in the next few years, not decades.
Tenaya road project
A multi-week road project began the weekend in the northwest Las Vegas Valley.
Public resurfacing and adjustment works along Tenaya Way between Cathedral Rock Drive and Cheyenne Avenue began Sunday and will last until early October, Las Vegas officials announced last week. The project includes new strips of traffic lanes and bicycle lanes.
Work will occur between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday, where the trip will be restricted to only one lane. During non-working hours, two traffic lanes in each direction must be open to traffic.
To avoid delays linked to the project, officials suggest taking Buffalo Drive or Rainbow Boulevard as alternative routes.
The preliminary work on the $ 900,000 project was completed last spring and earlier this summer, and consisted of sidewalk improvements to meet the federal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Project financing was derived from the Fuel Income Indexing Tax of the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission.
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