ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In case you haven’t heard, St. Louis to Kansas City could be one of the first routes for a futuristic transportation system. It’s promised to swoop you to the other side of the state in only about 25 minutes — compare that to four hours on Interstate 70.
The Hyperloop is an elevated vacuum tube that stretches across hundreds of miles with a levitating capsule inside.
On this weekend’s episode of Nothing Impossible, KMOX went in-depth on the Hyperloop with Andrew Hawkins, a writer with The Verge.
Hawkins says it’s a lot cheaper than high-speed rail, and it’s got fewer hurdles to actually build.
“It travels above the ground, it’s on pylons in a tube that travels above the ground so you could have traffic moving underneath it. It could go over farmland; it could go underwater,” he says.
There’s a test track in Nevada and $180 billion in the bank, so Hawkins says the California-based Hyperloop One seems to be serious about this.
Other routes the company is considering include Seattle-Portland and Houston-San Antonio-Dallas.
To hear more about Hyperloop One, check out the Nothing Impossible podcast at KMOX.com/audio.