The Midwest Connect Hyperloop corridor is a proposed freight and passenger transportation corridor between Chicago and Pittsburgh via Columbus. As a result of MORPC’s ongoing planning and coordination efforts to improve connectivity with neighboring regions, MORPC has partnered with the Columbus Partnership and both public and private sector entities throughout the corridor to develop this proposal for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. 

What is Hyperloop?

Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination. Passengers or cargo are loaded into the Hyperloop vehicle, or pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. Hyperloop systems will be built on columns or tunneled below ground to avoid dangerous grade crossings. It is fully autonomous and enclosed, eliminating pilot error and weather hazards. It is safe and clean, with no direct carbon emissions.

What is Hyperloop One Global Challenge?

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge kicked off in May 2016 as an open call to individuals, universities, companies and governments to develop comprehensive proposals for using Hyperloop One’s disruptive transport technology in their region to move passengers and freight point-to-point, swiftly, and on-demand. After fielding 2,600 registrants in five months, Hyperloop One released the locations of the 35 remaining semifinalist teams for its Hyperloop One Global Challenge. 

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Semi-Finalist Announcement

Hyperloop One has selected the Midwest Connect proposal as one of 35 finalists in the Global Challenge. This is considered a significant achievement as more than 2,600 applications were submitted from over 100 countries. Corridor partners now have the opportunity to further develop the proposal by partnering with public and private entities across the corridor to leverage the expertise of Hyperloop One. 

Learn More about the proposal by viewing our overview brochure.  

For more information on the proposal, contact Thea Walsh at 614.233.4160.