In a move that puts us one step closer to Star Trek levels of transportation speed, California based startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
(HTT) has recently announced a feasibility study for a potential route that allows people to travel from Cleveland to Chicago in less than 30 minutes.
The high speed train at the center of the study seats passengers in pods moving through a vacuum-maintained steel tube at speeds around 700 mph. If all goes according to plan, the 313-mile route between Cleveland and Chicago will take around 28 minutes.
With technological advances bringing the ultra-futuristic Hyperloop closer to reality, HTT has teamed up with the North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and the Illinois Department of Transportation to complete the study. With funding from all three entities, the study would explore potential routes for the train, which would also connect to Pittsburgh.
The potential Hyperloop also opens up the possibility of living in one city and working in another. While the idea of moving to Cleveland may strike fear in the heart of some Chicagoans, a corresponding 98
-percent decrease in rent prices might be an effective selling point.