From Arlington to Laredo in 42 Minutes: Hyperloop Travel Technology Stops at AT&T Stadium
By Office of Communication
Posted on August 13, 2019, August 13, 2019

Editor's note: This article was updated August 13 to include coverage of the Virgin Hyperloop One visit. 

Could it be the future of mass transportation? Virgin Hyperloop One is convinced its hyperloop technology will soon connect Texas in a matter of minutes. Now, representatives for the company are hitting the road, working to sell Americans on their dream.

Virgin successfully tested the hyperloop in May 2017 on a desert course in Nevada. But developers say there is still more work to be done to win public support for the technology.

“When government and investor delegations come to our test site, seeing the technology makes it real for them. Not everyone can come to the Nevada desert, so we’re bringing our technology to the people – the American people who will be riding this new form of transportation within a decade,” said Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One.

That idea prompted the Hyperloop One team to bring the Pod to Arlington as part of a nationwide road show. 

Virgin says the tour allowed residents to see the pod firsthand and learn more about Texas' progress to make hyperloop travel a reality. 

The company partnered with the Cowboys and North Central Texas Council of Governments to show the technology at AT&T Stadium during scheduled stadium tours in early August. Local STEM students were invited as well. 

The Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council announced its intent to evaluate hyperloop technology in Texas. The agency has begun a hyperloop feasibility study which would include an Arlington station with access to DFW International Airport.

“Our region is going to gain 3 million new residents within 25 years. In order to handle this mass influx of people, we need to explore projects that will modernize our transportation infrastructure,” said Michael Morris, P.E., Director of Transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. “We are exploring hyperloop as a potential project that would connect millions of Texans faster, safer, and more efficiently.”

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