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WATCH: Hyperloop bullet train closer to reality in Texas

DALLAS, Texas (KETK) - On Wednesday, the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council (RTC) announced it will explore hyperloop technology for two major transportation initiatives across the state.

This announcement follows a recent visit to Virgin Hyperloop One's full-scale test track in the Nevada Desert, where the delegation examined the next-generation technology firsthand, and met with engineers at the company's Innovation Campus in Los Angeles.

Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that allows vehicles to travel at very high speeds with minimal aerodynamic resistance by operating in a low pressure environment utilizing next-generation magnetic levitation technology. 

"The RTC is all about bringing innovation to the transportation system in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and hyperloop would be an exciting technology to add," said Gary Fickes, Tarrant County Commissioner and Chair of the Regional Transportation Council. "I think the future's very bright for hyperloop and its use in the Dallas-Fort Worth region."

"The Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council has proven itself as forward-thinking agency that wants to give its region a competitive edge by leveraging next-generation technology," said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One. "Virgin Hyperloop One is excited to pursue these projects, which would transform what are now separate metropolitan areas into one economic megaregion connected by high speed transport."

Later this year, the RTC will issue a Request for Proposals for a consultant team to complete the Tier 2 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a high-speed corridor connecting Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth. The RTC wants to consider both hyperloop technology and traditional high-speed rail in the environmental study of the route. A preliminary analysis by Virgin Hyperloop One engineers estimated a six minute hyperloop trip between Dallas and Ft. Worth.

"As our region grows from 7.2 million people now up to 11.2 million by 2045, we are planning a transportation system that offers choices to our residents. Adding an option like hyperloop to the existing system of roadways, rail transit, bicycle/pedestrian facilities and high-speed rail to
Houston would expand the system in an exciting way," said Michael Morris, P.E., Director of Transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. "Connecting other regions in Texas through hyperloop would open up economic opportunities throughout the state."

In addition, the RTC has provided funding and has obtained additional funding commitments to undertake a conceptual feasibility study of high-speed technology including hyperloop to connect Fort Worth, Waco, Temple-Killeen, Austin, San Antonio and Laredo. This corridor will be requested to move into a more detailed Tier 2 EIS following the feasibility study.

About Virgin Hyperloop One

Virgin Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has built a fully operational hyperloop system. Last year, Virgin Hyperloop One set a historic test speed record of nearly 240 miles per hour on only 300 meters of acceleration during testing at DevLoop, the world's first full-system hyperloop test site located in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

The hyperloop will differ from other fixed guideway modes of transportation by offering on-demand solutions and no fixed schedule. Passengers will be able to depart as soon as they arrive. The system will be dynamic with the ability to deploy pods based on up-to-the-second data points that continually optimize departures and arrivals. For more information, visit www.hyperloop-one.com. 


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