Hyperloop Technology to be Included in DFW
Metropolitan Area Planning Initiatives

 

August 18, 2018

 

After a visit to the new Virgin Hyperloop One full-scale test track in Nevada, the Regional Transportation Council has announced its plan to incorporate hyperloop technology into the current metropolitan area transportation initiatives.


The delegation witnessed the technology first hand at the North Las Vegas facility and discussed further details with engineers at the Innovation Campus in Los Angeles.


This next-generation transportation mode can produce very high travel speeds using minimal aerodynamic resistance by operating in a low pressure environment and using magnetic levitation.


In the coming year, the RTC will issue a Request for Proposals for a consultant team to complete a Tier 2 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) considering both hyperloop technology and high-speed rail connecting Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth.


Virgin Hyperloop One engineers estimated the hyperloop trip to last about six minutes between Dallas and Fort Worth.


Additionally, funding and funding commitments have also been provided by the RTC and other regions in Texas to conduct a conceptual feasibility study of high-speed technology connecting Fort
Worth, Waco, Temple-Killeen, Austin, San Antonio and Laredo.


With the DFW population expected to reach 11.2 million by 2045, the RTC sees the hyperloop technology as an innovative and efficient way to expand upon existing transportation systems and open economic opportunities throughout North Texas.