Today the Missouri Hyperloop Coalition announced the addition of State Director of Economic Development Rob Dixon to their group. The Coalition is a public-private partnership looking to promote construction of a Hyperloop that would connect Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis.
According to the press release sent out on April 18th:
The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition was formed in October 2017 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the KC Tech Council, the University of Missouri System, the Missouri Innovation Center, and MODOT with the stated objective of organizing and funding an engineering feasibility study for the project. In January 2018, the group announced that it had contracted with Black and Veatch to conduct the study, which is expected to conclude by October of this year. The study, which is being conducted at no cost to Missouri taxpayers, will examine all aspects of the project, including core technology, environmental and social impact, route alignments and right-of-way, station locations, regulatory issues, and business models for an eventual owner-operator. As a result of the coalition’s efforts, Virgin Hyperloop One has said that the Missouri route is one of the “top 5, if not top 3, routes” under consideration globally.
In the press release, Dixon said “I’m excited to be a part of the Hyperloop Coalition, because this is the kind of bold idea that could help our state reach a new level. Missouri has an opportunity to be at the leading edge of some of the most advanced transportation technology being discussed anywhere in the world today. Innovative thinking like this has been a part of Missouri’s story throughout our history, and it should be a part of our future. “