Missouri team reaches semifinals of Hyperloop competition

MoDOT team submits KC-STL corridor as perfect for new form of transportation

Dan Weinbaum
April 07, 2017 - 4:50 am

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A team of MODOT engineers have made the semi-finals in a competition that could change the way we travel.

The group of engineers is part of the innovation side of MODOT, an initiative called The Road to Tomorrow. The MODOT project is among 35 semifinalists for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. The challenge received about 2,600 submissions.

The application focuses on the 240-mile Kansas City-to-St. Louis corridor, said Tom Blair, who oversees Road to Tomorrow.

"We learned of the global challenge, and they said basically we have the technology, we're seeking interested partners and seeking corridors where our technology could be deployed," Blair said.

The hyperloop is a high-tech tube travel idea that comes, in part, from the innovative brain of Elon Musk, the man behind SpaceX and Tesla automobiles. Pods would be levitated and propelled through tubes using electromagnetic current.  

The project is still in the design and development stage, but if it becomes reality, travelers could go from Kansas City to St. Louis in less than a half hour.

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