Alliance to study hyperloop transportation technology for I-70 corridor

Columbia Daily Tribune

Missouri wasn’t chosen as a test case for hyperloop technology but that hasn’t deterred the Missouri Department of Transportation from trying to create one.

In early September, Hyperloop One chose four U.S. routes and six international routes to develop business plans, engineering concepts and other preliminary work to determine if a hyperloop is a commercially viable transportation system.

On Tuesday, MoDOT along with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the KC Tech Council, the University of Missouri System and the Missouri Innovation Center announced creation of a public-private partnership to study a route near Interstate 70 linking St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City.

MoDOT director Patrick McKenna estimated that a feasibility study for the route would cost $1 million to $1.5 million. MoDOT will oversee the work but the money will come from private sources, McKenna said in the news release.