ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTVI) – Hyperloop in Missouri is on hold for now.
“The Hyperloop certification center will be in the state of West Virginia and I for one am about to open it with John in the not-so-distant future,” says Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. “Such an exciting day and congratulations to everyone from West Virginia.”
Branson was talking about former Cisco Systems chief John Chambers who helped lure the project to the Mountain State.
The high-speed capsules traveling at speeds of 600 miles per hour use magnetic levitation to travel from, say, St. Louis to Kansas City in just 30 minutes.
Thursday’s announcement that the project expected to bring between $ 500 and $ 800 million to West Virginia in construction and infrastructure work was selected from among 17 US candidates.
“For us, the first thing we did as soon as possible was show the world that Hyperloop is real,” says Ryan Kelly, Global VP of Marketing and Communications Virgin Hyperloop. “That’s not just a matter of computer graphics or a white paper, but the technology really exists.”
The first certification center and test track will be six miles long along a former colliery in West Virginia’s Tucker and Grant Counties.
But this is just one of many high-speed transportation projects currently around the world, and the research conducted for the Missouri feasibility study in 2018 has not gone to waste.
“We would have liked to have had a little chance at this,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson. “But you know there will be another day. We will continue to work on infrastructure, transport is my priority, so we will continue to examine all options. ”