A company wants to make it possible for Texans to travel from Austin to Dallas in 20 minutes, Culturemap reports.
A company, Hyperloop One, has proposed a high-speed route that will connect Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Laredo. The route is one of 11 proposals from across the country. The company will eventually choose three proposals in the U.S. to go forward with.
The project works by putting passengers and cargo into a pod, which accelerates to 700 miles per hour using electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod floats above the track through magnetic levitation and is able to glide at speeds reaching that of an airplane for extended distances because of ultra-low aerodynamic drag.
The proposed route through Texas would encompass 640 miles and go from Dallas-Fort Worth to Austin, San Antonio, and Laredo, and east from San Antonio to Houston. Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston wouldn’t be connected because they have a chance at getting a high-speed bullet train.
Hyperloop One is currently testing the technology at a 2 mile long track near Las Vegas. The Texas proposal is being handled by a Dallas-based firm and the proposed track is backed by the University of Texas at Arlington, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the City of Dallas, Austin’s CapMetro and the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.
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