Thea (Walsh) Ewing
Hyperloop Midwest Connect Initiative
What is Hyperloop?
Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly and safely. Passengers or cargo are loaded into the Hyperloop pod vehicle 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. Hyperloop systems will be built on columns or tunneled below ground.
Hyperloop One Global Challenge Winner
Our Midwest Connect corridor proposal was named one of ten winners in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge in September 2017. This challenge attracted Hyperloop corridor proposals from 2,600 registrants in more than 100 countries across the globe. We now have the opportunity to work with Virgin Hyperloop One to study the feasibility of bringing its Hyperloop technology to Central Ohio and the Midwest.
Virgin Hyperloop One is a leading company developing Hyperloop technology and is currently testing Hyperloop in Nevada. In its announcement of winning routes, the company acknowledged our strong public and private stakeholder involvement and the potential to create a megaregion by linking the Chicago, Columbus, and Pittsburgh regions.
Recent Midwest Connect News
- A Real Tube Carrying Dreams of 600-M.P.H. Transit – The New York Times
- Chicago to Pittsburgh in 45 Minutes: A Look at the High-Speed Hyperloop – Chicago Tonight (WTTW)
- A view of transportation’s future: Virgin Hyperloop One’s test facility in the Mojave Desert – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
We have launched our Rapid Speed Transportation Initiative with Virgin Hyperloop One and many other partners throughout the corridor to advance a feasibility study for the corridor. You can learn more about the Rapid Speed Transportation Initiative here.
For more information, contact Thea (Walsh) Ewing at 614.233.4160.