Everybody that lives here in Colorado knows the problem with our highways. For the most part, driving any time between 8 A.M. and 7 P.M. on I-25 is almost a guarantee to be stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. Fortunately for all of us here in this beautiful state, the Colorado Department of Transportation is one of ten finalists in Hyperloop One’s contest for proposed hyperloop routes all across the world.
In case you haven’t been keeping a tab on Elon Musk (the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX) and his constant forays into new tech fields, the hyperloop is a new concept for transporting people across the country. The design Elon Musk originally created called for the pods to travel at 700 mph in an elevated vacuum tube. Elon Musk intentionally open sourced the designs such that a new private company such as Hyperloop One could make it a reality.
CDOT has created a team called the Rocky Mountain Hyperloop, and they have defined a route that goes from Cheyenne to Denver, Denver to Vail, and Denver to Pueblo, with more stops in between. The traffic alleviation is definitely something that CDOT is touting as the main reason to invest capital in such a project. The obvious benefits of the hyperloop fall in the ridiculous speed by which it travels. A normal passenger airplane travels at about 350-450 mph. The hyperloop travels at upwards of 700 mph and it shows. Hyperloop One and CDOT quote a travel time of 9 minutes for each route: Denver to Vail, Denver to Fort Collins, and Denver to Colorado Springs. Overall, this would-be a beyond remarkable accomplishment if it ends up going through as a serious project.
The only snag? The price tag is $24 billion. And that state isn’t paying.