Tell us what you want from a Colorado Hyperloop

Colorado Hyperloop Map

 

What if we could help design hyperloop technology in a way that is more human-centered?

To design it in a way that will help the communities and not hurt them. The Hyperloop is all about connection. It is about eliminating borders and going beyond the limitations of time and space. It is meant to empower communities and that’s why we wanted to incorporate these future users.

Help us out by completing one (or both) Colorado Hyperloop surveys:

  1. Tell us your top NEEDs of a Colorado Hyperloop
  2. What I love about my neighborhood in Colorado

Making Hyperloop Public

Colorado Hyperloop and the Colorado State Capital in Denver

Below are some current questions and ideas that the citizens of Colorado have and we hope this elevates the civic discourse around Hyperloop in Colorado.

Will Hyperloop add to (car) congestion?

Hyperloop is being built as an on-demand and direct service as stated by both Arrivo, Hyperloop One and other Hyperloop groups. Colorado has a lot of auto congestion along its major highway arteries that serve the cities along the Front Range. Adaption of Hyperloop in Colorado will probably increase travel between these cities. But would a sustainable, rapid transportation option be bad?

However, as stated in the original Hyperloop Alpha white paper,  Hyperloop has benefits that current modes of transport do not have:

The corridor between San Francisco, California and Los Angeles, California is one of the most often traveled corridors in the American West. The current practical modes of transport for passengers between these two major population centers include:
1. Road (inexpensive, slow, usually not environmentally sound)
2. Air (expensive, fast, not environmentally sound)
3. Rail (expensive, slow, often environmentally sound)
A new mode of transport is needed that has benefits of the current modes without the negative aspects of each. This new high speed transportation system has the following requirements:
1. Ready when the passenger is ready to travel (road)
2. Inexpensive (road)
3. Fast (air)
4. Environmentally friendly (rail/road via electric cars)

What about passenger rail in Colorado?

ColoradoHyperloop.com is interested in passenger rail in Colorado! We view passenger rail as one transportation layer, among other layers like pedestrian infrastructure and a future Hyperloop infrastructure layer. Rail has been an important solution to making a more green and efficient transportation solution for the Front Range and it services as a lifeline to smaller cities on the Eastern Plains. We are interested in the current legislation (Senate Bill 17-153) in the Colorado State Capital. However, Hyperloop has major differences than rail. Specifically, it is on-demand and direct, environmentally friendly, less expensive and a totally different technology.

Is Hyperloop a waste of a State’s Department of Transportation’s time and money?

Colorado’s rapidly growing population and booming economy make for the ideal location for the development of Hyperloop systems.  The opportunity and potential of Hyperloop companies coming to Colorado with test facilities, employees, and direct investment, is a testament to the culture of Colorado innovation that drives the regional economic engine.

Learn more about the Colorado Department of Transportation and their work on the Hyperloop: https://www.codot.gov/programs/roadx/projects-in-motion

People often believe that CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) maintains local and residential roads, including neighborhood streets. However, cities and counties are responsible for local and residential roads—not CDOT.

Why not focus on bike, pedestrian, and public transportation before new transportation systems? What about other transportation and social problems?

The great thing about Hyperloop technology right now is that it is currently being developed! Anyone can help shape how it is developed! If you have an idea of how Hyperloop could have publicly owned bus, bike and pedestrian pods, then there should be more promotion of those ideas! There should be more focus on the engineering and economic impact of those public centered features of the Hyperloop system.

What if RTD (Regional Transportation District for Denver) or CDOT operated Hyperloop pods like they do with the Bustang® interregional express bus service?  Bustang® connects major populations, employment centers and local transit entities along the I-25 and I-70 corridors. “Connectivity, convenience and comfort are the hallmarks of Bustang’s success in helping further CDOT’s multi-modal mission” and should also be the hallmarks and goals of a Colorado Hyperloop system.

Want to play a part and shape Hyperloop development? There are various companies hiring right now! New Hyperloop focused nonprofits and global groups want you to help them too! You can even assist with public policy outreach for ColoradoHyperloop.com!

What is the projected timeline for connecting Pueblo and Denver with Hyperloop or other regions?

That is a good question. The Hyperloop concept is disruptive as it forces citizens to have a discussion on how do they want to get around the state in 2, 5, 10, 50 years from now. It’s not easy thinking about cities in 10 to 50-year timelines but hopefully, it will change the political discourse and help solve the problem of funding infrastructure in Colorado.

Dis-information about the Hyperloop concept.

Yes, cynical disinformation seeks to inflame existing tensions by putting out viral web stories that would then be republished by local news outlets and on social media to distort political debates about wedge issues (like pedestrian or biking infrastructure, auto and bus infrastructure, or use of high-speed rail). The use of trolls, cynicism, and false information often amplifies and distorts the very real problem of lack of investment in infrastructure in Colorado and they seek to degrade confidence in existing institutions and new technologies.

ColoradoHyperloop.com has reached out to these groups to start a dialogue and will continue to do so in the future.  No matter what other groups say, whether you’re getting information out of them, out of others, even out of your crazy uncle… the best way to respond to them is with a positive story.

The citizens of Colorado are well-educated and because of that, we are very resilient to such attempts. But Hyperloop technology does have one thing that fuels the detractors; the game-changing speed of Hyperloop (classic) pods velocity of 670 miles per hour and Hyperloop-ish levitating sleds traveling 200 miles per hour.

ColoradoHyperloop.com has in the past has had meetups and will soon start an online hangout (details to be forthcoming soon, but let us know if you want to assist in this) to make Hyperloop information more public. We are excited to have a positive discussion based on non-hyped facts and real engineering. We agree with the ethos that building good transportation systems today doesn’t exclude researching good transportations systems of tomorrow.

Be sure to sign up for the Colorado Hyperloop newsletter or contact us directly.

Finally, take a look at just a sampling of local reporting about Hyperloop technology in Colorado:

  • http://gazette.com/gallery/articleid/1615235/pictures?display=flexFullscreen&galleryTheme=lightTheme
  • http://gazette.com/colorado-hyperloop-challenges-3-major-hurdles-among-big-possibilities/article/1612230
  • http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/22/colorado-hyperloop-one-cost-24-billion/
  • http://www.chieftain.com/business/local/hyperloop-test/article_0e97161c-c9a2-11e7-a87a-f771ab41cbd4.html
  • http://www.chieftain.com/news/pueblo/front-range-rail-rolls-forward/article_23df5fe8-aff4-5141-b3dd-3e96515aecc9.html
  • http://www.westword.com/news/hyperloop-plans-in-colorado-9524478
  • http://www.westword.com/news/hyperloop-one-and-importance-of-tunnels-9555475
  • http://www.westword.com/news/colorado-wins-hyperloop-like-arrivo-test-track-9693161
  • http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/denver-to-colorado-springs-in-9-mins-colorado-could-build-one-of-first-hyperloop-routes-in-world
  • http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/where-would-colorados-hyperloop-stop-how-much-would-it-cost
  • http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/cdot-partnering-with-calif-company-to-build-hyperloop-style-test-track-in-colorado
  • https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/11/14/colorado-lands-multimillion-dollar-investment-from.html
  • https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/video/B1ZHBvYzE6MvcNHk3TCQdl9776KCqfir
  • https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/09/14/how-colorado-landed-on-hyperloop-one-s-top-10-list.html
  • http://www.9news.com/travel/heres-the-next-step-for-colorados-hyperloop/475703822
  • http://www.9news.com/news/travel/company-plans-to-build-hyperloop-test-track-east-of-denver/491665682
  • http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/11/15/denver-to-test-200-mph-hyperloop-inspired-track-with-tech-startup-arrivo.html
  • http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_31301612/cdot-distance-from-interstates-was-boulder-countys-hyperloop
  • http://www.dailycamera.com/guest-opinions/ci_31479183/alec-wyand-an-alternative-route-through-mountains-hyperloop
  • Letter to the editor: http://www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_31463175/craig-jones-how-about-direct-east-west-hyperloop and http://www.dailycamera.com/editorials/ci_31462507/from-editorial-advisory-board-tube-travel
  • Not local but interesting read: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/10/30/colorado-hyperloop-plan/813214001/

In response to the StreetsBlog Denver blog post

The article is titled “Don’t Believe the Hyperloop.”

“The fact that Colorado agencies are spending any time and attention on these fantasies is a sign of how unserious they are about solving real-world transportation problems.”

These Colorado agencies are made up by elected officials and their work and decisions affect all parts of the Colorado economy. TABOR, and the politics around it, are the larger reason why the Colorado State Capital hasn’t invested in transit infrastructure.

“To help city residents get where they need to go, Colorado needs to prioritize buses and trains.”

Arrivo has a great point; they offer themselves as a transportation layer. Buses, trains, walking and other modes of transit making up other layers.

On another note, be sure to check out Colorado Senate Bill 17-153, the Front Range rail bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2017A/bills/2017a_153_signed.pdf

 

Arrivo in Colorado!

Arrivo Hyperloop in Denver

A surprise announcement that Arrivo will be working with CDOT to develop “Engineering and Technology Center” facility in Aurora, Colorado! Congratulations Arrivo and well done CDOT! Below is a video of the press conference:

Coloradohyperloop.com will continue to monitor the situation and we would love to connect with the Arrivo team to learn more! Now watch the new Arrivo video:

In the coming days, we will start a dialog about everything hyperloop in Colorado. Everyone will be welcome. Details about that coming soon!

News articles:
Great job Colorado media, and others, for keeping us all in the loop.

Colorado Hyperloop: Legislative Loop

Colorado Hyperloop and the Colorado State Capital in Denver

 

Today is Election Day 2017, with various Colorado ballot measures and races, we thought it fitting to start keeping everyone in the Colorado Hyperloop: Legislative Loop.
Colorado Hyperloop is tracking current and future elected representatives who support, and those that do not, a future Colorado Hyperloop. Below is a brief outline as we start reaching out to these people as citizen lobbyists.

… government of the people, by the people, for the people…

-Abraham Lincoln

Mission:

Get in touch with people running for elected office in Colorado and ask them what they think of very fast hyperloop transportation system along with a North-South alignment from Fort Collins to Pueblo connecting all major cities and airports along the corridor.

The Problem:

The population boom along the front range overloads current transportation systems. Elected officials might not have heard about Hyperloop technology, so we want to inform them and ask them what they think of this solution. If the person running for office doesn’t like Hyperloop, we will ask them what they might suggest as an alternative and how infrastructure might look like to them in Colorado in the year 2040.

Summary Timeline:

The Colorado Gubernatorial Election is on November 6, 2018. In this month of November 2017, we will be contacting all candidates and will publish their responses at the end of the month.

Thank You:

Politics, like anything else in life, ultimately comes down to people.

Take Back Your Government – Morgan Carroll

Colorado Hyperloop wants to thank all the candidates running for office for being willing to work hard for us. We also want to build a rapport and relationship between future needs, suggestions, and input on how the Colorado Hyperloop can help all Colorado.

If you have any questions or would like to help out, please contact us.

Hyperloop Events in Colorado

Colorado Hyperloop Ticket

ColoradoHyperloop.com will track hyperloop events in Colorado (and one in NYC),  so feel free to give us a heads up on any upcoming events you hear about!

Note: Events are subject to change and often cost money, so check the hosting group’s website for the correct information!

October Update

ColoradoHyperloop is a volunteer-citizen let effort. However, we can still shape Hyperloop policy and technology in Colorado as well as nationally and internationally. We hope the following update gives you insights and transparency and spurs you to join the discussion.

  • The ColoradoHyperloop.com website is undergoing a re-organization to be more user-friendly and be more transparent on initiatives for people to join.  Please contact us for ideas or thoughts.
  • We want to invite you to the ColoradoHyperloop Slack Channel: https://coloradohyperloop.slack.com  (Contact us to be invited) for those people that want to help out or just talk about hyperloops.
  • Colorado Hyperloop will be in attendance for the Transit Alliance & Colorado Department of Transportation 2017 Colorado Transportation Summit. Stay tuned for more information.
  • Colorado Hyperloop is working hard to highlight all the candidates for the 2018 Colorado elections. We wish to collect transparent and clear statements where each candidate (running for office and current representatives) stands on a I-25 and I-70 hyperloop connections. We are also learning how to be a pro-hyperloop group in the Colorado State Capital.
  • We are working on creating an online directory of pro-hyperloop organizations in Colorado.
  • We are planning a series of blog and video (possibly live streaming) posts discussing the CDOT public-private partnership documents with Hyperloop One/AECOM.
  • Continue seeking submissions for art or written interpretations of what a Colorado Hyperloop might look like in Colorado or how it could help in the future. Please read this post to learn how to help out.

-The Colorado Hyperloop Team

One Step Closer to a Hyperloop Reality in Colorado 

Colorado Hyperloop Logo

Today is a proud day for the innovators and trailblazers of Colorado. Colorado Hyperloop is thrilled to see the Cheyenne-Denver-Pueblo corridor advance to the final stage of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. We remain committed to working with other public, private, professional, and passionate teams to test the feasibility of a Hyperloop in our great state and ensure that Coloradoans have a voice in the design process. Colorado Hyperloop looks forward to working with CDOT, Rocky Mountain Hyperloop, and others to make Hyperloop a reality in Colorado.

Watch this space!

-Colorado Hyperloop Team

 

Read more:

Hyperloop route times in Colorado and how you will get there

Colorado Springs to Denver in 12 minutes with point to point transportation. Wow!

Hyperloop One has an amazing interactive website that will show you the various times it takes to travel in the Hyperloop vs conventional transportation. Check it out here: http://hyperloop-one.com/routes/

Colorado Springs to Denver
Colorado Springs to Denver
Boulder to Denver
Boulder to Denver
Denver to Fort Collins
Denver to Fort Collins
Fort Collins to Pueblo
Fort Collins to Pueblo

So how might you arrive and leave the cities? Arrivo Loop also has amazing renderings of their vehicles or ‘pods.’

Arrivo Loop Pod
Arrivo Loop Pod
Arrivo Loop Pods in tubes
Arrivo Loop pods in tube in a city
Arrivo Loop Pods
Arrivo Loop Pods

Technology and these companies are moving fast! Keep following for more analysis on what these updates will mean for Colorado.

Venture with Colorado Hyperloop

Colorado's Natural Hyperloops: RiversColorado Hyperloop is waiting for Hyperloop One’s results of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. We are in communication with other teams and will create a blog post series of best practices from the other teams. Stay tuned!

  • Colorado Hyperloop will be profiling all the candidates for the 2018 Colorado elections. We wish to collect transparent and clear statements where each candidates (running for office and current representatives) stands on a I-25 and I-70 hyperloop connections.
  • Announcing a monthly meetup around Colorado! Starting August 6th in Denver at Union Station’s Terminal Bar at 6:30PM. Free RSVP here on Eventbrite.
  • Creation of a new online directory of pro-hyperloop organizations in Colorado! Details will be provided soon, contact us here for your input: https://coloradohyperloop.com/contact/
  • We are still seeking submissions for art or written interpretations of what a Colorado Hyperloop might look like in Colorado or how it could help you in the future! Use #COHyperloopHere for your art impact submissions or contact us here: https://coloradohyperloop.com/contact/ The goal is to start to think how art could be displayed or used to in transportation. Credit to RTD’s great use of art in their transportation projects: http://www.rtd-denver.com/artnTransit.shtml

Let us know what you think, and we look forward to getting to know you!

-Colorado Hyperloop Team