MORPC and its public and private partners in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania are excited to take this important next step in moving innovative transportation technology forward in Central Ohio and across the Midwest, said William Murdock, Executive Director of MORPC.
It is because of visionary transportation agencies like MORPC that hyperloop is moving forward in the United States.
Midwest Connect, spearheaded by MORPC and other regional partners, was one of 10 global winners of the Virgin Hyperloop One Global Challenge.
Multiple partners have verbally committed financial resources to the initiative including the city of Columbus ($250,000), Ohio and Indiana rail partners including MORPC, Union County, and the cities of Marysville and Lima ($500,000).
"We are excited to partner with leading public and private organizations on the future of rapid-speed transportation here in Central Ohio," said MORPC Executive Director William Murdock.
These actions by MORPC break new ground because they are integrating Hyperloop technology into a larger Environmental Impact Study -- the first time that has happened anywhere in the world."