Blue ribbon panel on Missouri hyperloop project presents their plan

2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago Monday, October 28 2019 Oct 28, 2019 Monday, October 28, 2019 4:36:00 PM CDT October 28, 2019 in News
By: Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA — Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, and members of a special blue ribbon panel on the Missouri Hyperloop project presented their more than 200 page report on Monday afternoon at the University of Missouri.

The plan attempts to make Missouri a global epicenter for hyperloop technology through small changes in state law. It would help the state contend to build the first certification track, which would hopefully expand into a full track from Kansas City to St. Louis, with a travel time of 30 minutes.

Speaker Haahr said Missouri has a geographical advantage compared to other contenders like Saudi Arabia, India, Texas, Ohio and North Carolina.

"We got something that no other state has with our geography," he said. "With having a topographical and straight line map between St. Louis and Kansas City."

Speaker Haahr said he doesn't know where the funding for the proposed project will come from since the request for proposal hasn't been announced yet, but believes it will be funded through public and private funds.

Lauren Leslie, who said she would use the hyperloop, said she hopes it comes to Missouri so she can travel to Kansas City and St. Louis quickly.

"I have family in St. Louis, but I also have family in KC because my parents live in KC, but I live in Columbia," she said. "So it would be perfect if we got the hyperloop here so I can see my friends and then go back and see my parents for a day. Then go back to school.

Leslie called the potential project "exciting." 

Madison Parry, who is a student at the University of Missouri, said the amount of time spent preparing for the project is only worth it if Missouri gets the hyperloop. 

"Time is money," she said. "You put a lot of time and energy into something that wasn't fruitful and there's nothing to show for all the time and money spent to get this big project constructed. 

Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, who served as Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Panel, along with Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, MU System President Mun Choi and MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright joined the presentation.

 

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