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DENVER, CO: May 23, 2018. Virgin Hyperloop One (VH1) is proposing to build its first station, or ‘portal’, at Denver International Airport as it continues a study into the feasibility of introducing a hyperloop network in Colorado.

Last September the company announced a public/private partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDoT) and infrastructure company AECOM, to determine the viability of a hyperloop link from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Pueblo, Colorado via Denver, a distance of 360 miles.

hyperloop one denver“Through our partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation, we are defining the next generation of infrastructure and transportation systems to addresses the shifting way people and freight need to move,” declared AECOM executive vice president Travis Boone.

In a hyperloop, passengers or cargo pods accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.

"We have received some very positive feedback from interested Colorado stakeholders during and following our outreach event,” said CDoT chief of Advanced Mobility Amy Ford. “To me it's apparent that Colorado citizens are interested in the safety and mobility benefits a hyperloop system could bring to [the state]."

Last year VH1 set a historic test speed record of nearly 240 miles per hour (or 107 metres per second) during its third phase of testing at its hyperloop test site in North Las Vegas, NV.

Last month DP World and VH1 announced the launch of a new company called DP World Cargospeed to provide hyperloop-enabled systems for the delivery of palletised cargo.

VH1 investors include DP World, Caspian VC Partners, Virgin Group, Sherpa Capital, Abu Dhabi Capital Group, SNCF, GE Ventures, Formation 8, 137 Ventures and WTI.

(Pictured: An initial design concept for a first hyperloop portal located near the Denver International Airport at 72nd and Himalaya. VH1 said its ongoing study will analyze "multiple potential alignments to link this central point of connectivity across the Front Range as well as the mountain resorts".)

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