A couple of possibilities for Houston-terminal hyperloop tracks have made the latest cut in Hyperloop One’s global design your own economically feasible route contest. The company, one of a couple firms working to bring Elon Musk’s ultra-quick travel-by-tube-suction concept out of literal pipedream territory, will eventually pick a handful of winning teams to give a technological and financial boost. The Texas-centric network shown above would connect Houston, Austin, Laredo, San Antonio, and Dallas, apparently with special stops for DFW and the Ship Channel. (A direct Dallas-Houston leg wouldn’t be high priority, in case the bullet train actually happens, according to designer Stephen Duong). The other Texas-inclusive route that made the cut, going by the name Rocky Mountain Corridor, would connect the Bayou City to Cheyenne, WY, by way of Denver and Amarillo:
Texas was supposedly a prime potential site for that mini test track planned back in 2015 — but a 1-mile tube track was finished up the next year outside of the Tesla headquarters in Hawthorne, CA, and Hyperloop One just wrapped up a full-scale development track somewhere in Nevada.
- Vision for America Routes [Hyperloop One]
- Houston Among 11 Proposed Hyperloop Routes in the U.S. [Houston Business Journal]
- Previously on Swamplot: Tesla or SpaceX or Somebody Elon Musk Knows Is Planning To Build a 5-Mile Hyperloop Test Track, Probably in Texas;
Images: Hyperloop One