Kent State Joins Hyperloop Consortium
Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering is one of 80 organizations participating in the consortium providing feedback and advise to a prospective Hyperloop transportation system that would alter travel, living and finances of Clevalanders.
A hyperloop system is a new form of surface transportation transporting passengers and freight in capsules riding magnetic-levitation tracks through large-scale vacuum tubes at speeds of up to 760 mph. A trip from Cleveland to Chicago would take approximately 28 minutes.
In February 2018, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) signed an agreement with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) alongside a broader consortium of public and private organizations kicking off the Great Lakes Hyperloop Feasibility Study (GLHFS). The purpose of the study was to perform a comprehensive examination of a Hyperloop network connecting Cleveland and Chicago. Pittsburgh was added to the study earlier in 2019.
Yesterday, the study was released to the public and will be undergoing peer review. More than 80 organizations in the government, private, and public sectors throughout Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are participating. Over 40 elected officials at the local, state, and national levels also provided their support for the project. Through a public competitive procurement process, NOACA hired transportation infrastructure analysis firm Transportation Economics and Management Systems, Inc. (TEMS).
Since1989,TEMS has conducted over fifty rail feasibility studies throughout North America and is widely accepted as one of the foremost ground transportation planning firms.
The project’s build time is estimated at 6 years. Construction could begin as early as 2023 for the estimated $24.7 to $29.8 billion investment.