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USDOT issues hyperloop standards review, draft accessibility plan


The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) last week released "Hyperloop Standards Desk Review,” a document that provides a preliminary mapping of existing standards and regulations to specific hyperloop systems components.

Sponsored by the USDOT’s Nontraditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council, thw document serves to assess the status of hyperloop standard development; begin a dialogue for future hyperloop standardization efforts; and identify stakeholder perspectives on the applicability of existing standards to domestic testing and deployment, USDOT officials said in a press release.

The USDOT soon will publish a request for comment on the document.

The NETT Council was established in 2019 as an internal deliberative body to identify and resolve jurisdictional and regulatory gaps that may impede the deployment of new technologies, such as potential advances in tunneling technology and hyperloop.  

Also last week, the USDOT issued a draft of its first strategic plan for accessible transportation, which outlines a unified vision for the USDOT to achieve access and mobility for all transportation modes in fiscal years 2021-2025.

The plan reflects ongoing and future initiatives across the department to enhance accessibility and remove barriers in transportation for people with disabilities, USDOT officials said in a press release.

USDOT also released a request for information (RFI) regarding the launch of a library of resources for accessibility in automation, and to work with outside experts to study voluntary best practices for ensuring accessibility in automated vehicles. Responses to the RFI are due by Feb. 19.


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