DENVER — Three Colorado proposals are among 11 finalists in the United States competing in a private company's challenge to move passengers at speeds of 700 mph using a pod and tube system.
The Denver Post reports Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One announced the finalists Thursday. They join two dozen proposals outside of the U.S. and were picked from more than 2,000 worldwide.
A 360-mile route would connect Denver International Airport to Pueblo, Vail and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Another Colorado proposal includes a 242-mile route that would connect Wyoming to Pueblo, and the third proposal would run 1,152 miles between Cheyenne and Houston.
Another Colorado proposal includes a 242-mile route that also connects Wyoming to Pueblo. The Colorado Hyperloop Team would start with a Denver-to-Colorado Springs route coming in 6.2 minutes, versus 1 hour, 11 minutes by car, according to The Denver Post.
The idea is that pods would be lifted above a track using magnetic levitation and then would glide at airline speeds due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag in the tube.
Hyperloop One plans to pick three winners.