Dallas to Houston Among Winning Routes in Hyperloop One Transit Competition
Though Hyperloop One isn’t affiliated with Elon Musk, whose Hyperloop concept has been in development for four years, it is inspired by the tech pioneer’s theory for ultra-high speed, tube-based transit lines.
Per Hyperloop One’s video, the technology will enable non-stop travel at up to 670 miles-per-hour with transit lines above land or underground. In comparison to traditional travel, a 240-mile Dallas to Houston flight is 55 minutes gate-to-gate, and drive time is approximately four hours barring any traffic delays, which are always a possibility. But a straight-shot trip on Hyperloop One would lower travel time to about 25 minutes.
According to a blog post about the contest results, Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said that the 10 Global Challenge winners will also be added to the company’s portfolio of potential sites.
“The winning teams will get our support and resources to move their projects toward commercial readiness,” Lloyd wrote.
In Texas, engineers at AECOM have proposed a Texas Transit Network that would connect Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Laredo. City officials and the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce are on board with the plan.