Pittsburgh Hyperloop Officials In Town

Pittsburgh-Chicago in 48 minutes

Larry Richert and John Shumway
July 19, 2018 - 10:56 am


A Hyperloop is in the works from Pittsburgh to Chicago.

Local News Editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ed Blazina, talked with official’s from Virgin Hyperloop One about the project this week. Blazina joined KDKA Radio on Thursday to expand on what they spoke about.

The Hyperloop actually travels smoother than an airplane. Blazina said,

“It kind of rides on magnets and moves through a no air pressure situation; air causes friction. Take the friction away, it can move much more freely.” He continued,

“It can reach speeds supposedly up to 700 miles an hour. For practical purposes, probably more like 500 miles an hour once you put in curves, etc.”

There was a worldwide challenge conducted by Hyperloop One that looked for proposals from people who wanted to be among the first to try this. Blazina tells KDKA,

“One of the groups that stepped forward was the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, based outside of Columbus.” He added,

“They are now among the ten projects in the world that are allowed to move forward.”

He explains why the route makes sense;

“Pittsburgh to Chicago by way of Columbus is a huge trucking and rail corridor for freight.”

There is no timetable on when this project could possibly begin.

India will most likely be the first country to implement a Hyperloop. They are likely to begin the project in early 2020.


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