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Swisspod, in partnership with the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI), yesterday broke ground on construction and development of a hyperloop testing facility in Pueblo, Colorado.
The initiative follows Swisspod’s launch of the first operational test track in Europe in July. The company’s second facility will be built at PuebloPlex, a campus designed to enable sustainability, innovation and long-term economic development, Swisspod officials said in a press release.
Hyperloop is an ultra-high-speed ground transportation system for passenger and cargo. At the new Pueblo facility, Swisspod will test and validate technology patents underpinning its propulsion system and build a full-scale capsule and operational infrastructure for cargo transportation. TTCI, a subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads, will provide engineering insight, operational and test plan support.
The partnership with TTCI will advance Swisspod’s global expansion strategy and fuel its growth in the key U.S. market, company officials said.
"We selected TTCI for its remarkable track record of leadership and success in the testing, development, and deployment of emerging transportation technologies," said Denis Tudor, Swisspod’s co-founder and chief executive officer.
"Our partnership with Swisspod is the first of many opportunities to extend our legacy as leaders in transportation research. Our team’s experience in performance testing and our capability to reduce the product development cycle is unmatched in North America," Kari Gonzales, acting CEO of TTCI.
Earlier this year, TTCI announced a new partnership with the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) that will enhance its role as a leading transportation research, testing and training facility.
"Pueblo and Southern Colorado have long been home to the foremost rail research in the nation. The partnership with Swisspod extends that legacy and solidifies our place as transportation innovators. Maintaining our thriving, future-forward research base is a top priority that pays countless dividends across our community," said Jeff Shaw, CEO of PEDCO.