Miami-Orlando corridor selected for Hyperloop project
The Miami-Orlando corridor is one of four corridors in the United States recently selected by Hyperloop One for the development of infrastructure that will revolutionize ground transportation around the world.
Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that may someday move freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination.
The concept of how Hyperloop would work is that passengers or cargo can be loaded into a Hyperloop vehicle and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle quickly would lift above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.
"I am very happy that Miami-Dade was selected as one of the corridors where Hyperloop will set up their innovative transportation technology," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "This development will create a new travel opportunity for our residents and our community, and I, for one, can't wait to take a ride."
The initial Miami-Orlando segment is a 240-mile corridor. This corridor is envisioned to eventually be expanded north to Chicago. Therefore, this corridor would be developed in phases:
- Phase 1: Miami to Orlando (240 miles)
- Phase 2: Orlando to Atlanta (420 miles)
- Phase 3: Atlanta to Chicago (780 miles)
"The Hyperloop corridor will lead to a transformative shrinking of central and south Florida, making almost every major destination a feasibly short commute that will allow labor markets to merge and access the region effortlessly," said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works.
Bravo and her staff worked closely with other regional transportation partners in the application that was selected as one of the winners.
Hyperloop technology is currently being development and tested. To learn more, visit the Hyperloop One page.