Columbus Could Be Home To The First Hyperloop One Cargo Test Route

Some serious speed could be headed towards Columbus.

The city is in the running to host the first-ever cargo test route from Virgin Hyperloop One. The track would connect John Glenn Columbus International Airport to Rickenbacker International Airport and posses the ability to transport up to 20 passengers along with freight.

If the tests are successful, the route would eventually be absorbed into the Midwest Connect Route, which is planned to connect Chicago, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. The test track would be about 13 miles in total, which will absolutely fly by when the Hyperloop reaches top speeds of over 600 mph.

“The Columbus region is a logistics powerhouse, and the Hyperloop would provide one more option for the efficient movement of cargo,” said The Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

The Midwest Connect Route is one of five potential routes in the U.S. and 11 in the world, all of which are hoping to become the first in ultra-high-speed transportation. The benefits of a transportation system like Hyperloop One amount to more than just faster trip times for travelers.

Having the use of an ultra-fast system can help reduce traffic and increase the efficiency of the shipping industry entirely.

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