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Colorado team chosen among winners of Hyperloop One Global Challenge

Nate A. Miller
nmiller@greeleytribune.com

This image from Hyperloop One shows part of the tube that forms a hyperloop, which a new method of high-speed travel. A Colorado team has been selected as global winner with its plan to build a hyperloop along with a Front Range, which includes a connection between Greeley and Denver, among other destinations.

A Colorado team that includes Greeley has been tabbed as one of 10 winners of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, officials announced Thursday.

The challenge was an effort to identify the strongest routes for a hyperloop — an ultra-fast means of travel that transports passengers seated in pods along a track in a tube — in the world.

The Colorado proposal was submitted by a Colorado consortium comprised of the Colorado Department of Transportation, city and county of Denver, Denver International Airport and the city of Greeley.

The proposed rout would include Greeley, allowing passengers to make the trip from Denver to Greeley in about 6 minutes, according to Hyperloop One.

Following an assessment of the proposals by a panel of experts in infrastructure, technology and transportation, 10 teams from five countries were chosen from among hundreds of applicants.

As a direct result of the Global Challenge, Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation, with support from Los Angeles-based infrastructure company AECOM, will enter a public-private partnership to begin a feasibility study in Colorado that considers the Front Range route from Cheyenne to Pueblo, according to a CDOT news release.

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Hyperloop One will commit business and engineering resources and work closely with each of the winning teams to determine their commercial viability.

"We are excited to partner with Hyperloop One in exploring the next step of feasibility of this innovative technology, potentially transforming how Colorado moves," Shailen Bhatt, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation said in the release. "The hyperloop technology could directly align with our goals of improving mobility and safety in Colorado, and we have been encouraged by the continued progress the technology is taking."

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge kicked off in May 2016 as an open call to individuals, universities, companies and governments to develop comprehensive proposals for deploying Hyperloop One's innovative transportation technology in their region. The winning teams were chosen based on specific criteria including well-defined routes and implementation strategies, key stakeholder involvement from public and private sectors, compelling business cases, and innovative and creative applications of a hyperloop system.

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With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, and 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. The company made history this summer with the successful completion of the world's first-full scale hyperloop test, the release stated.

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