This story was originally published on KSDK.com on October 28, 2019.
“JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — ST. LOUIS — A panel of state officials and business leaders on Monday pushed Missouri to make a bid to host a test track for an ultra-high-speed Hyperloop system.
The recommendation is the result of a months-long study commissioned by state House Speaker Elijah Haahr to investigate the possibility of bringing the futuristic technology to the state.
The goal is to build a tubular track through which a train-like pod will carry passengers at speeds of more than 600 mph. Magnets make the pods hover, reducing friction and enabling high-speed transit.
Missouri supporters envision connecting Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis with a Hyperloop system that could cut a roughly four-hour drive across the state down to a 30-minute commute.
“We always call St. Louis the Gateway to the west, with building the Hyperloop in Missouri, we’d become the Gateway to the world,” said Missouri Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr…”Read More