*** April 6, 2017 Update: – Greeley is still among the finalists for the 700-mph hyperloop transportation project. In fact, there are now three Colorado-based hyperloop projects among 11 U.S. finalists and 24 international finalists vying to work with Hyperloop One to further develop projects. (And two of those Colorado proposals include a stop in Greeley.)
There were more than 2,600 proposals pitched to Hyperloop One, who will eventually choose three to further develop. (Read more from the Greeley Tribune)***
Can you imagine traveling from Greeley to Denver International Airport in a matter of minutes? It could happen.
According to BizWest, Colorado is one of 35 worldwide semi-finalists that could get Hyperloop One. (What is a Hyperloop One you ask? It is an ultra-fast, levitation-based transportation technology that aims to transport passengers and cargo at speeds of up to 700 mph.)
Imagine, at 700 miles per hour, you could make a trip from Greeley to DIA in about 10 minutes.
It seems like the technology is decades away, but according to Hyperloop One’s website, “It’s happening faster than you think. We tested our motor in May of 2016, and will test the full system in early 2017. We’re developing routes in five countries. The goal is to be moving cargo by 2020 and passengers by 2021.”
The Rocky Mountain team that is trying to make this happen in Colorado includes CDOT and AECOM as primary sponsors and entered the global Hyperloop challenge with a plan that includes the 40-mile Greeley-DIA route as the first phase in a Rocky Mountain Hyperloop network.
I’ve got my fingers crossed that Hyperloop chooses Colorado. Boarding a supersonic transport tube that, until recently, could only be dreamed up in science fiction, would be very #GreeleyUnexpected.
Today, travel like this is not possible anywhere on earth. In 2017, it could be happening in Dubai. And if Hyperloop delivers, in the next decade, you could soon be boarding the future of transportation right here in Greeley, Colorado.
Here’s a little more info about it from CBS 4: