ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Missouri continues to work toward landing a Hyperloop route between its two big cities.
There’s a meeting about the futuristic transportation method Tuesday morning with MoDOT and St. Louis Regional Chamber. The magnetically levitated-pod-inside a vacuum tube would have you from downtown St. Louis to Kansas City in about 25 minutes.
Missouri is competing for the first route. Chamber VP of Innovation Andrew Smith says winning this would be big.
“For Amazon HQ2 we’re one of 238 cities that submitted and that’s a $5 billion investment,” Smith explains. “Hyperloop One we’re one of five, maybe one of three, and it’s a $20 billion investment, so the scope of opportunity there is much higher in my opinion.”
The company leading construction, Virgin Hyperloop One, says Missouri is one of the top five, “if not top three,” routes.
Smith is hoping Hyperloop can foster an “innovation corridor” that connects STL and KC into one region with a stop at the University of Missouri in Columbia in the middle. The tube would cut across the state similar to I-70.
“In Missouri we have this really weird situation where we have two major metropolitan areas on opposite sides of the state that straddle state lines. What do we do with those two cities? Well, we fight all the time,” Smith says. “It’s classic sibling rivalry.”
The panel is Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. until 9 at the Regional Chamber. It costs $15 to attend.