Hyperloop confirmed as potential option for Dallas-Fort Worth corridor; is SA next?

Virgin Hyperloop One can transport passengers, cargo at 600 mph

SAN ANTONIO – Officials with both Virgin Hyperloop One and the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council have announced that it will explore hyperloop technology for two major transportation initiatives across Texas.

The RTC recently visited a test track in Nevada to see about the possibility of a hyperloop between Dallas and Fort Worth, which would cut potential travel time for commuters between the cities to just six minutes.

The Virgin Hyperloop One is said to be able to transport passengers and cargo at speeds of up to 600 miles per hour, using a new mode of transportation that allows vehicles to travel at very high speeds with minimal aerodynamic resistance -- by using magnetic levitation technology.

San Antonio to Austin in 8 minutes? Could this be real life?

The RTC said it has also contacted other cities about the possibility of a hyperloop as well, including San Antonio. The proposed route would run from Dallas to Temple to Austin to San Antonio and on to Laredo. The corridor is being be requested to move into a more detailed Tier 2 EIS following a feasibility study.

“The Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council has proven itself as forward-thinking
agency that wants to give its region a competitive edge by leveraging next-generation technology,” Rob Lloyd, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One said in a press release. “Virgin Hyperloop One is excited to
pursue these projects, which would transform what are now separate metropolitan areas into
one economic megaregion connected by high speed transport.”

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Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.