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Texas transportation council cancels hyperloop plans


The North Texas Regional Transportation Council (RTC) has revised its policy on developing a high-speed corridor to focus solely on high-speed rail, eliminating plans to build hyperloop tech into the corridor.

The council met earlier this month to approve the revision in a unanimous vote, the U.S. High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) reported. RTC’s principal transportation planner Brendon Wheeler said hyperloop is still a developing technology with no clear path to approval, and including it in the corridor’s plans could delay development. RTC will now pursue environmental approval for the high-speed rail corridor between Dallas and Fort Worth along Interstate 30.

Next steps involve meeting with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, one of which will lead environmental analysis on the project, USHSR reported.

“We are trying, as the public planning sector, to help minimize the risk and attract private investment,” Wheeler said.

Tech investor Elon Musk proposed the hyperloop transit concept to move people and freight via a pneumatic railway using tubes, pressurized pods and terminals.

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