MORPC's Midwest Connect Wins Hyperloop One's Global Challenge

Sept. 14, 2017

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) proposal to connect Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh via high-speed transportation was selected today as one of 10 winners of Hyperloop One’s Global Challenge. The Global Challenge, kicked off in May 2016, was an open call to individuals, universities, companies and governments to develop comprehensive proposals for using Hyperloop One’s disruptive transportation technology in their region to move passengers and goods point-to-point, swiftly, and on-demand. MORPC’s proposal, Midwest Connect, was one of more than 2,600 registrations selected from more than 100 countries.

“We are excited to work closely with Hyperloop One to explore this project’s development and impact on Central Ohio and the Midwest,” said William Murdock, MORPC Executive Director. “Our Midwest Connect proposal fulfills a need for faster surface transportation options in the Midwest and strengthens connections and economic opportunities between the growing, tech-savvy regions of Columbus and Pittsburgh with the global power of Chicago.”

MORPC joined forces with the Columbus Partnership and several other contributors, including the City of Columbus, the State of Ohio, The Ohio State University, regional planning organizations across the corridor, as well as other public and private partnerships, to develop the Midwest Connect Hyperloop corridor. The proposal estimates the high-speed transportation mode could connect people and goods between Columbus and Chicago within 29 minutes and 18 minutes between Columbus and Pittsburgh.

“Strong bonds of partnership and collaboration between government and business leaders are at the core of the region’s commitment to bring Hyperloop One to Columbus and the Midwest,” said Alex Fischer, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership. “Hyperloop One is one of many transportation efforts happening in Central Ohio that make the area a smart region and exciting for disruptive technologies.” 

The Midwest Connect is one of 10 proposals selected by Hyperloop One to move forward in the process. Hyperloop One Global Challenge winning routes can connect 53 urban centers and 148 million people through routes spanning 4,157 miles in five countries and three continents, including in the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Canada. Other winning routes include:

  • US Dallas-Laredo-Houston (Texas)
  • US Cheyenne-Denver-Pueblo (Colorado)
  • US Miami-Orlando (Florida)
  • India Bengaluru-Chennai
  • India Mumbai-Chennai
  • UK Edinburgh-London
  • UK Glasgow-Liverpool
  • Mexico Mexico City-Guadalajara
  • Canada Toronto-Montreal

For more information on the Midwest Connect proposal please visit