North Texas Transportation Officials Considering Hyperloop

Cameron Fairchild
July 11, 2018 - 12:53 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - North Texas transportation officials are considering a technology which sounds like science fiction, to connect Fort Worth and Dallas.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council announced it will explore hyperloop technology for two major transportation initiatives across the state. 

"Hyperloop operates in a low-pressure environment inside a tube. That takes away the wind resistance vehicles face when traveling by road," says Dan Katz, Virgin Hyperloop One Director of North American Projects.

Imagine blowing a spitball through a straw at 700 mph, and you've got the beginning of the idea.

Katz says passengers would travel in pods which carry 20 people. He says it could be possible to have a system operations in the early 2020s.

In addition, the RTC has provided funding for a concept study of high-speed technology, including hyperloop, to connect Fort Worth, Waco, Temple-Killeen, Austin, San Antonio and Laredo.