Now imagine being able to get to D.C. in less than 30 minutes. Charlotte too.
That’s if a mid-Atlantic or southeast regional hyperloop would become a reality.
“When hours become minutes, it changes everything,” said Ryan Kelly, head of marketing and communications with Virgin Hyperloop One. “It impacts where you can live, where you can work.”
Hyperloop would transport people in a cargo pod through an electromagnetic propulsion system at speeds over 600 MPH for longer corridors. Within the Triangle, the pods could achieve speeds over 300 MPH between Raleigh and Durham.
Kelly spoke to the regional business community about the potential for hyperloop at the annual RTA Transportation Breakfast.
“The pod itself propels and then levitates off of a track,” he said. “We control the weather inside the tube so there is no turbulence.”
Kelly said the technology should not feel like science fiction.
“We are way behind on this,” he said. “No one in this room is going to say that investing in the train or the plane was a terrible idea.”
Kelly said it also would be a technology for everyone.
“We want this to be a mass transportation solution, so we want it to be priced appropriately,” he said.
Joe Milazzo II, executive director of the Regional Transportation Alliance, discussed Hyperloop in his Thursday Thoughts at 3 blog:
“Hyperloop … would be transformational,” he wrote. “The ability to consistently get from Raleigh to another southeastern or mid-Atlantic region in under 30 minutes will completely change the way we think about metropolitan areas and, to some extent, the economic benefits of agglomeration.”
We want to thank Kelly and all of our speakers for sharing their insights on an exciting, new technology and its prospects for our region. The conversation generated a tremendous amount of interest and news coverage, including The News & Observer, Triangle Business Journal, WRAL, and WRAL TechWire. Nationally, TechCrunch, Cheddar, Gizmodo, Engadget, and TechSpot covered the conversation.
Our official event hashtag on Twitter, #RTABFAST19, was the top trending topic that morning in Raleigh and Greensboro and was the second most trending topic in Charlotte.
Please also mark your calendars for Jan. 17 and The State of Mobility 2020 – RTA 18th Annual Meeting. Hundreds of state and regional leaders will gather to hear the business community’s perspectives on transportation trends and progress in the Triangle. That event will be from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle. We look forward to seeing you there!