Out of 10 urban corridors, Colorado’s Front Range is one of the 10 finalists eligible for a futuristic transportation system called a ‘hyperloop.’
The hypothetical high-speed transportation tube would run parrallel with I-70 an I-25, greatly reducing travel times and traffic in an otherwise congested corridor that sees huge holdups in the winter months.
The 10 finalists were just a subset of a challengers who submitted feasability studies to Hyperloop One, the only company in the world to have already built the Jetsons-esque transportation system. A recent press release even goes so far as to say that Hyperloop One officials are already working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to figure out if the system would be viable in a mountainous environment.
“We’re encouraged by these compelling projects that aim to increase passenger mobility, connect urban centers, reimagine trade and cargo and enhance quality of life. We look forward to working closely with all the winners, their partners and local authorities to examine the feasibility and scope of these routes and, ultimately, build the first Hyperloop routes around the world.” – Josh Giegel, co-founder and President of Engineering of Hyperloop One
If Denver wins, the new system would be an industry game changer for snow-sports in general. No longer would going to the mountains be such a chore– revealing a larger market would be open to trying skiing and snowboarding for the first time as long as it doesn’t require sitting in traffic for 5 hours. Instead, it’d be a little over 8 minutes from Denver to Vail. .
How Does A Hyperloop Work? —
With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, 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 due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. The company made history this summer with the successful completion of the world’s first-full scale Hyperloop test, achieving record test speeds.