Get a Closer Look at Possible Hyperloop Train

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.

gettyimages 530775158 Get a Closer Look at Possible Hyperloop Train

A Hyperloop tube is displayed during the first test of the propulsion system at the Hyperloop One Test and Safety site on May 11, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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