September 21, 2017

Colorado Hyperloop One Finalist

Hyperloop One, the only company in the world that has built a full-scale Hyperloop system, today announced Colorado as one of the 10 winners of its Hyperloop One Global Challenge to identify the strongest new Hyperloop routes in the world. Following a close assessment of the proposals by a panel of experts in infrastructure, technology and transportation, ten teams from five countries were chosen from among hundreds of applicants. Hyperloop One will commit meaningful business and engineering resources and work closely with each of the winning teams/routes to determine their commercial viability. Additionally, as a direct result of the Global Challenge, Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), with support from AECOM, will enter a public private partnership to begin a feasibility study in Colorado that considers a Front Range route from Cheyenne to Pueblo.

"We are excited​ to partner with Hyperloop One in exploring the next step of feasibility of this innovative technology, potentially transforming how Colorado moves," said Shailen Bhatt, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation. "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."

Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation, supported by AECOM, will enter into a public-private partnership that will begin a feasibility study that examines transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes and potential strategies, regulatory environments and alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail and freight plans.

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 results of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge far exceeded our expectations,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One. “This is unprecedented and demonstrates how quickly the public-private sectors can partner to make Hyperloop systems a reality around the world. Studies like this bring us closer to our goal of implementing three full-scale systems operating by 2021.”

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, achieving record test speeds. There are also discussions of a system spur that would run from Denver to Vail along the I-70 corridor, but there are few details at this time.

Weekend Travel Forecast

The weather forecast along the I-70 corridor is for partly sunny skies on Friday and then a strong possibility of rain on Saturday and Sunday. The fall colors are shaping up nicely, making this a great weekend to visit the mountains!

Friday WB –Slowing and minor delays are possible between Noon and 5:00 p.m. in the Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs area.

Saturday WB – Last year there were delays in the Floyd Hill area during the 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. timeframe, with a peak delay of 25 minutes between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Saturday EB – No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB - Afternoon eastbound slowing could begin around Noon and continue until approximately 8:30 p.m.

*The Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.