Hyperloop bypasses Houston stop

by Lauren Brocato

During construction of the high-speed transportation system Hyperloop, Texans were surprised to discover that there will not be a stop in Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle. It seems like Houston drew the short end of the stick as the Hyperloop construction plans completely surpassed the possibility of a Houston stop.

“Texas has always been a place we have been interested in and it seems like a practical place to put the hyperloop system,” said Dan Katz, director of North American projects for Virgin Hyperloop One. “You have some large metro areas separated by a great deal of distance. And the topography of the state is flatter than a lot of places.”

The Hyperloop has been designed by Virgin Hyperloop One and the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council as a Dallas-to-Fort Worth rail link, and will possibly extend from Fort Worth to Laredo. If the extension is approved, it will pass through Waco, Austin and San Antonio.

“Virgin Hyperloop One is excited to pursue these projects, which would transform what are now separate metropolitan areas into one economic megaregion connected by high speed transport,” said Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd, in a statement.

Although there will be no Hyperloop stop in Houston, Texans will still have access to the upcoming Dallas-to-Houston bullet train. Just like the Hyperloop, this projects in the works is a fast train that will shuttle between the two cities in 90 minutes. The only stop on the line will likely be built in Grimes County.

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