COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Central Ohio planners will be conducting two studies exploring a possible high-speed passenger rail that would run from Chicago to Columbus to Pittsburgh.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission says one study will look at the feasibility of Hyperloop technology for the corridor, the other looking at components of an environmental study of the corridor.
“We are very excited about the prospect of a Midwest Hyperloop from Pittsburgh all the way to Chicago," said a statement from Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd. "These actions by MORPC break new ground because they are integrating Hyperloop technology into a larger environmental impact study – the first time that has happened anywhere in the world.”
MORPC Executive Director William Murdock calls the study a necessary step since, he says, Hyperloop technology is coming.
The passenger or cargo vehicles would be 10-15 times faster than traditional rail, making the 360-mile trip between Chicago and Columbus in about a half-hour.
Columbus, Marysville, Lima and Union County are among those helping pay for the study.
(Photo courtesy Virgin Hyperloop One)