Cleveland – Chicago Sign First Hyperloop Agreement

Chicago Cleveland Hyperloop

It’s almost too exciting to really take seriously, but here we are. It looks like Ol’ Musky‘s bats*** crazy Hyperloop tax dodge rail concept is going to happen. It’s not just “going to happen”, either. It’s going happen first with a 28 minute direct route from Chicago (where I am) to Cleveland (where many of my favorite people are). Hot damn, I am excited!

This first Hyperloop service will be operated, officially, by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), who will be supported by a “consortium of local groups” to help deliver on Hyperloop’s promises, with a press event scheduled for the 26th of February at the Great Lakes Science Centre in Cleveland to discuss even more partners and sponsors. Definitely think of sponsors, too, because this thing is going to be so expensive that the first press release is already dropping unsubtle political hints.

“Regulations are the ultimate battier for Hyperloop implementation, and we are excited to build the first real public-private partnership to bring Hyperloop travel to the US,” said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT. “With this agreement, we welcome innovative and industry-leading partners in both government and industry to our movement.”

The proposed HTT line between Cleveland and Chicago will cover 313 miles at an average speed of 730 MPH, making the 5 (ish) hour drive something more like a 30 minute commute. As my lovely wife pointed out, it might be possible to get my favorite Chinese place in Ohio to deliver to Chicago. I mean, Lou Malnati’s takes about 90 minutes to deliver, and the Red Chinese Bistro at Tooo Chinoise is at least as worthy of that wait, right?

Right!

As awesome as all that is for me, though, HTT is pitching this project as something out of the “glory days” of the Great Lakes rust belt. You can almost hear the guy’s MAGA hat as you read, “We came here because places like Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh have the manufacturing, the raw materials and the talented, hardworking people in order to make it happen,” said HTT chief global operations officer Andrea La Mendola. “We can source everything from this area. This is a place where you make big things.”

So, yeah. But let’s get real: this is going to kick rear.

 

Source | Images: Railway Technology.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.