Could Greeley Get Ultra Fast Hyperloop One Transportation?
By Bryan Bean
Can you imagine traveling from Greeley to Denver International Airport in a matter of minutes? It could happen.
According to BizWest, Colorado is one of 35 worldwide semi-finalists that could get Hyperloop One. (What is a Hyperloop One you ask? It is an ulta-fast, levitation-based transportation technology that aims to transport passengers and cargo at speeds of up to 700 mph.)
Imagine, at 700 miles per hour, you could make a trip from Greeley to DIA in about 10 minutes.
It seems like the technology is decades away, but according to Hyperloop One’s website, “It's happening faster than you think. We tested our motor in May, 2016, and will test the full system in early 2017. We're developing routes in five countries. The goal is to be moving cargo by 2020 and passengers by 2021.”
The Rocky Mountain team that is trying to make this happen in Colorado includes CDOT and AECOM as primary sponsors and entered the global Hyperloop challenge with a plan that includes the 40-mile Greeley-DIA route as the first phase in a Rocky Mountain Hyperloop network.
I’ve got my fingers crossed that Hyperloop chooses Colorado. Boarding a supersonic transport tube that, until recently, could only be dreamed up in science fiction, would be very #GreeleyUnexpected. (It sounds like our odds are much better than 1-in-35, according to CBS 4, "Of the 35 semi-finalists, Hyperloop One will select about a dozen winners in May. If CDOT is one of those, they plan to start construction immediatly."
Today, travel like this is not possible anywhere on earth. In 2017, it could be happening in Dubai. And if Hyperloop delivers, in the next decade, you could soon be boarding the future of transporation right here in Greeley, Colorado.
Here’s a little more info about it from CBS 4: