Orlando route selected as finalist for Hyperloop One project

By Ashley Carter, Digital Media Producer
Last Updated: Friday, September 15, 2017, 6:17 PM EDT

Imagine traveling from Orlando to Miami and vice-versa in less than 30 minutes.

  • Miami-Orlando route among 10 finalist in Hyperloop project
  • Passengers could travel the 257-mile route in less than 30 minutes
  • Hyperloop officials will work with each team to develop proposals

A proposed high-speed-rail route between the two Florida cities is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The 257-mile Miami-Orlando route placed among the top 10 finalists in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, a project backed by billionaire Elon Musk.

“The Hyperloop One Global Challenge started as a call of action for innovators, engineers, trailblazers and dreamers around the world who shared our vision of creating a new mode of transportation,” said Shervin Pishevar, in a news release.

With Hyperloop One transit, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod which gradually accelerates through a low-pressure tube.

Three other U.S. routes placed as finalist: a route that connects Chicago to Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh; a route that connects Dallas and Houston; and a route that connects Cheyenne, Wyo., Pueblo, Colo., and Denver.

Hyperloop One will work with each winning team and host in-country workshops to help them develop their proposals.

The team will be provided resources that will help them create ridership forecasts, business case and preliminary analysis.

To learn more about the proposed Hyperloop routes, click here.