DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TX: July 11, 2018. The Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council (RTC) is to conduct a feasibility study for a hyperloop link between Fort Worth, Waco, Temple-Killeen, Austin, San Antonio and the US/Mexico border city of Laredo, a distance of over 430 miles.

As a first step the RTC will commission an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a high-speed corridor connecting Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth. A preliminary analysis by Virgin Hyperloop One engineers estimates it would take six minutes to travel the 30-plus miles between Dallas and Ft. Worth.

Virgin Hyperloop Texas“The RTC is all about bringing innovation to the transportation system in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and hyperloop would be an exciting technology to add,” said Gary Fickes, Tarrant County Commissioner and RTC chair. “I think the future’s very bright for hyperloop and its use in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.”

Last month the chief minister of India’s Maharashtra state, Devendra Fadnavis, and representatives from the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority visited Virgin Hyperloop One’s test site in the Nevada Desert following the signing of a framework agreement in February to build the first hyperloop in India.

The planned route will link central Pune, Navi Mumbai International Airport and Mumbai - a distance of 94 miles - in 25-minutes. The high-capacity passenger and cargo hyperloop route will also have the potential for the rapid movement of palletized freight and light cargo between the Port of Mumbai and Pune, creating a robust backbone for on-demand deliveries, supply chains and next-generation logistics, said the company.

“This was a very fruitful discussion and we should be able to start moving on this project very fast,” commented Shri. Devendra during his visit.

According to the hyperloop company, the Pune-Mumbai route could result in US$55 billion in socio- economic benefits and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 150,000 tons annually.

“I am incredibly excited to see this Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project go from a vision to reality as it starts detailed planning,” said company chairman Richard Branson “The opportunity is enormous: to connect 26 million people with access to affordable infrastructure that will unlock significant economic and social value,” he added.