A Virgin Hyperloop One XP-1 hyperloop pod will be rolling into Arlington tomorrow for a two-day visit—not at 360 mph, but on a display platform at AT&T Stadium as part of a summer road show.
The Dallas Cowboys and the North Central Texas Council of Governments are partnering with Virgin Hyperloop One on the visit. You can see it during regularly scheduled stadium tours. Organizers say to go here for tickets.
The pod has been traveling around the country, and in addition to AT&T Stadium, it has made stops at state houses, diners, and gas stations, all so the public can see tomorrow’s transportation technology today.
Last year, The Dallas-Fort Worth Transportation Council said it would explore Hyperloop technology for a high-speed corridor between Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth. It also said it would undertake a feasibility study on a Hyperloop for a longer Fort Worth to Laredo Corridor.
In 2017, Hyperloop One said that a Texas route spanning 640 miles connecting Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Laredo would be evaluated as a passenger and freight carrier utilizing speeds up to 700 mph. Hyperloop technology, initially conceived by SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, combines minimal aerodynamic resistance by operating in a low-pressure environment and cutting edge magnetic levitation technology that allows vehicles to travel at very high speeds.
For example, Dan Katz, director of North American projects for Virgin Hyperloop One, said last year that a hyperloop trip between Dallas and Fort Worth would take 6.27 minutes, reaching a high speed of 360 mph.
That would compare to a traditional high-speed rail’s 18-minute trip, reaching 134 mph.
Katz said a hyperloop line running between Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth was feasible because the difference between hyperloop and high-speed rail was significant and had the potential to change the way people think about traveling between two cities.
The need for high-speed transportation is population growth.
“As our region grows from 7.2 million people now up to 11.2 million by 2045, we are planning a transportation system that offers choices to our residents. Adding an option like hyperloop to the existing system of roadways, rail transit, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, and high-speed rail to Houston would expand the system in an exciting way,” Michael Morris, director of transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, said last year.
Morris added that connecting other regions in Texas via hyperloop technology would create economic opportunities for Dallas-Fort Worth.
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