Virgin Hyperloop One CEO visits Missouri, legitimizing concept

5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago Thursday, April 25 2019 Apr 25, 2019 Thursday, April 25, 2019 10:38:00 PM CDT April 25, 2019 in News
By: Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY - Missourians looking to avoid long drives between the state's two biggest cities may have renewed hope after the CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One visited Kansas City this week.

"We have the potential to connect cities like metro stops," Jay Walder said in an interview with Lindsay Shively of KSHB, our sister station in Kansas City.

The proposed Missouri route would connect Kansas City to St. Louis with a stop in Columbia, traveling along the Interstate 70 corridor.

A study in late 2018 showed the project might cost between seven and 10 billion dollars, but the cost to travelers could be as low as $30. 

Walder pointed out since he became CEO, this is the first visit he has made to a candidate state.

"What if I told you that I have been CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One for five months and this is the first trip I have taken to a state where there has been a Hyperloop proposed?" Walder said.

Walder said the company needs to do more research before actually choosing Missouri, but he said the state has done everything in its power to land the project.

"But I have to say that the way Missouri has gone about doing this — involving the two big cities at the ends of the state, the (University of Missouri), which is so well respected, the business communities as well as the government — it is almost like a model process."

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