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Colorado Selected as Winner in Hyperloop One Global Challenge

September 14, 2017 - Hyperloop One and AECOM to Begin Feasibility Study

LOS ANGELES—Hyperloop One, the only company in the world that has built a full-scale Hyperloop system, today announced Colorado as one of the 10 winners of its Hyperloop One Global Challenge to identify the strongest new Hyperloop routes in the world.

Following a close assessment of the proposals by a panel of experts in infrastructure, technology and transportation, ten teams from five countries were chosen from among hundreds of applicants. Hyperloop One will commit meaningful business and engineering resources and work closely with each of the winning teams/routes to determine their commercial viability.

Additionally, as a direct result of the Global Challenge, Hyperloop One and CDOT—with support from American multinational engineering firm AECOM—will enter a public-private partnership to begin a feasibility study in Colorado that considers a Front Range route from Cheyenne to Pueblo.

"We are excited to partner with Hyperloop One in exploring the next step of feasibility of this innovative technology, potentially transforming how Colorado moves," said Shailen Bhatt, CDOT executive director. "The Hyperloop technology could directly align with our goals of improving mobility and safety in Colorado, and we have been encouraged by the continued progress the technology is taking."

"The Hyperloop One Global Challenge started as a call to action for innovators, engineers, trailblazers and dreamers around the world who shared our vision of creating a new mode of transportation," said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One. "The Global Challenge became a movement of thousands of people from more than 100 countries over six continents. Like us, they believe that Hyperloop will not only solve transportation and urban development challenges within communities, it will unlock vast economic potential and transform how our cities operate and how we live. Our successful test this summer made Hyperloop a reality, and now we're ready to bring our Hyperloop system to the world."

Supported by AECOM, Hyperloop One and CDOT, will enter apublic-private partnership to start a feasibility study that examines transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes and potential strategies, regulatory environments and alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail and freight plans.

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge kicked off in May 2016 as an open call to individuals, universities, companies and governments to develop comprehensive proposals for deploying Hyperloop One's innovative transportation technology in their region. The winning teams/routes were chosen based on specific criteria including well-defined routes and implementation strategies, key stakeholder involvement from public and private sectors, compelling business cases, and innovative and creative applications of a Hyperloop system.

"The results of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge far exceeded our expectations," said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One. "We had tremendous interest in this competition, and these ten teams each had their unique strengths in showcasing how they will alleviate serious transportation issues in their regions. We're also excited about the partnership with CDOT and AECOM, which was a direct result of the Global Challenge and a testament to the power of open innovation. This is unprecedented and demonstrates how quickly the public-private sectors can partner to make Hyperloop systems a reality around the world. Studies like this bring us closer to our goal of implementing three full-scale systems operating by 2021."

The winning routes connect 53 urban centers and nearly 150 million people representing Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their combined distance spans 6,628 km (4,121 miles). They are:

Route

Length (km)

Length (miles)

Urban Centers

Population

US Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh
Team: Midwest Connect

785

488

3

13,800,000

US Dallas-Laredo-Houston

Team: Texas Triangle

1030

640

5

18,771,000

US Cheyenne-Denver-Pueblo

Team: Rocky Mountain Hyperloop

580

360

10

 4,831,000

US Miami-Orlando

Team: Miami/Orlando Hyperloop

414

257

2

8,500,000

India Bengaluru-Chennai  

Team: AECOM India  

334

208

6

17,710,000

India Mumbai-Chennai

Team: Hyperloop India

1102

685

10

43,190,000

UK Edinburgh-London

Team: HypED

666

414

4

19,151,514

UK Glasgow-Liverpool

Team: Northern Arc

545

339

6

9,715,488

Mexico Mexico City-Guadalajara

Team: Mexloop

532

330

4

33,530,00

Canada Toronto-Montreal

Team: HyperCan

640

400

3

13,326,000

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With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. The company made history this summer with the successful completion of the world's first-full scale Hyperloop test, achieving record test speeds.

"The excitement around Hyperloop is in its potential to reimagine transportation by eliminating the barriers of distance and time," said Michael S. Burke, AECOM's chairman and chief executive officer. "That half of the winning teams are supported by AECOM demonstrates the power of our connected expertise and is further evidence that these are the kinds of problems AECOM is built to take on and solve. We're excited to be part of Hyperloop One's efforts to create impactful use cases for a technology that can transform what it means to get from point A to B anywhere in the world."  

"The winning teams of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge represent the best innovation and creativity from government agencies, engineering firms, academics, infrastructure experts and more," said Josh Giegel, co-founder and President of Engineering of Hyperloop One. "We're encouraged by these compelling projects that aim to increase passenger mobility, connect urban centers, reimagine trade and cargo and enhance quality of life. We look forward to working closely with all the winners, their partners and local authorities to examine the feasibility and scope of these routes and, ultimately, build the first Hyperloop routes around the world. We're also excited to share that we'll be hosting the world's first Global Summit around Hyperloop One technology in early 2018 that will bring together all of our government and industry partners and really kick off the growth of our hardware and software platforms."

About Hyperloop One

Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has built a fully operational Hyperloop system. Our team has the world's leading experts in engineering, technology and transport project delivery, working in tandem with global partners and investors to make Hyperloop a reality, now. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company was co-founded by Executive Chairman Shervin Pishevar and President of Engineering Josh Giegel, and is led by CEO Rob Lloyd.
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About Colorado's RoadX

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