first_img Hyperloop Transportation Technologies this week signed the first U.S. interstate agreement to create a network of high-speed routes in the Great Lakes Megalopolis.HTT teamed with the North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to conduct a feasibility study in the sector.Several corridors connecting Cleveland and Chicago have already been identified for consideration.It’s no surprise HTT made the megaregion its first stop: Support for the Hyperloop has been widespread across the district.Last year, Ohio’s legislature passed a resolution for the initiative, citing increased connectivity between businesses and people, as well as “a significant positive impact on Ohio’s economy and infrastructure.”Travel between Cleveland and Chicago in just 28 minutes (via Hyperloop Transportation Technologies)“We came here because places like Cleveland, Chicago, and Pittsburgh have the manufacturing, the raw materials, and the talented, hard-working people in order to make it happen,” according to Andrea La Mendola, chief global operations officer of HTT. “We can source everything from this area. This is a place where you make big things.”The research company recently worked with a bipartisan group of congressional representatives to craft a letter to the president, requesting infrastructure funding support (a measly $20 million) to develop the system.“Regulations are the ultimate barrier for Hyperloop implementation, and we are excited to build the first real public-private partnership to bring Hyperloop travel to the US,” HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn said in a statement. “With this agreement, we welcome innovative and industry-leading partners in both government and industry to our movement.”Interested parties can visit the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland on Feb. 26, where HTT will reveal additional details, as well as a growing list of regional consortium members.Hyperloop station of the future (via Hyperloop Transportation Technologies)Hyperloop Transportation Technologies in September got the green light to bring high-speed transport to India. A proposed route would turn the hour-long, 30-mile trip between Vijayawada and Amaravati into a six-minute ride.But HTT isn’t the only one with big plans for a speedy future.Late last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), E-470 Public Highway Authority, and Arrivo inked a deal to bring a high-speed travel network to Denver.Co-founded by SpaceX engineer Brogan BamBrogan, Los Angeles-based Arrivo plans to erect a full-system test track just off the E-470 Toll Highway, where the proposed first commercial leg will eventually be built.The dream of a super-charged future is alive in companies like Arrivo and Hyperloop One, which last year finished its 1,640-foot testing tube in North Las Vegas, and reached a new top speed for its transportation pod. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Denver Chosen For Hyperloop-Inspired Transportation SystemCast Your Vote for Most Beneficial Hyperloop Route center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more