Michigan Asked to Fund Hyperloop Feasibility Study for Chicago-Toledo Route

The slow march toward ultra-fast transit might be speeding up. A public records request has revealed the startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has asked the Michigan Department of Transportation to fund a feasibility study for the state’s portion of a potential hyperloop route linking the midwestern cities of Chicago, Detroit, and Toledo.

Crain’s Detroit Business obtained the relevant emails through a Freedom of Information Act request, which also found that HTT and Michigan officials have been in contact in the last two weeks. The HTT design calls for an above-ground route that would connect Toledo to Detroit and then onto the Chicago area,  though it appears the planned western terminus would actually be on the Indiana side of that state’s border with Illinois. (Like the Louisville-Chicago Hyperloop)

Crain’s Detroit Business obtained the relevant emails through a Freedom of Information Act request, which also found that HTT and Michigan officials have been in contact in the last two weeks. The HTT design calls for an above-ground route that would connect Toledo to Detroit and then onto the Chicago area.

All this could represent a positive step forward for HTT in terms of its overall strategy. The company has relied on a crowd-sourced engineering team and a string of splashy-sounding announcements, but the lack of public demonstrations for its concepts has led to accusations that the company offers little more than vaporware. While a competitor like Virgin Hyperloop One has been able to fund the construction of its own test track, it’s certainly valid for HTT to seek a private-public partnership to make more tangible progress on its hyperloop plans

It’s not yet known whether the Michigan Department of Transportation will pay to undertake the study, though the records do indicate state officials are open to discussing the possibility with HTT. The startup also announced last month that agreements were in place with the Illinois transportation department and North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Committee to do feasibility studies on their portions of the route.

All this could represent a positive step forward for HTT in terms of its overall strategy. The company has relied on a crowd-sourced engineering team and a string of splashy-sounding announcements, but the lack of public demonstrations for its concepts has led to accusations that the company offers little more than vaporware. While a competitor like Virgin Hyperloop One has been able to fund the construction of its own test track, it’s certainly valid for HTT to seek a private-public partnership to make more tangible progress on its hyperloop plans

It’s not yet known whether the Michigan Department of Transportation will pay to undertake the study, though the records do indicate state officials are open to discussing the possibility with HTT. The startup also announced last month that agreements were in place with the Illinois transportation department and North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Committee to do feasibility studies on their portions of the route.

All this could represent a positive step forward for HTT in terms of its overall strategy. The company has relied on a crowd-sourced engineering team and a string of splashy-sounding announcements, but the lack of public demonstrations for its concepts has led to accusations that the company offers little more than vaporware. While a competitor like Virgin Hyperloop One has been able to fund the construction of its own test track, it’s certainly valid for HTT to seek a private-public partnership to make more tangible progress on its hyperloop plans.

Our Louisville-Chicago Hyperloop plan is not s far-fetched: We concluded Indiana-Illinois border was the appropriate place to end.

It’s not yet known whether the Michigan Department of Transportation will pay to undertake the study, though the records do indicate state officials are open to discussing the possibility with HTT. The startup also announced last month that agreements were in place with the Illinois transportation department and North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Committee to do feasibility studies on their portions of the route.

All this could represent a positive step forward for HTT in terms of its overall strategy. The company has relied on a crowd-sourced engineering team and a string of splashy-sounding announcements, but the lack of public demonstrations for its concepts has led to accusations that the company offers little more than vaporware. While a competitor like Virgin Hyperloop One has been able to fund the construction of its own test track, it’s certainly valid for HTT to seek a private-public partnership to make more tangible progress on its hyperloop plans.

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