Spring & Summer 2019 Update: It’s time to act on the climate crisis.

What would a Hyperloop system look like in Colorado? Imagine using on demand, fast, affordable, emissions-free, safe and accessible to everyone travel.

Carbon emissions reduction is a major reason why people are interested in hyperloop.

Cleaning up Colorado’s air will require not just reducing pollution from a few dozen smokestacks scattered across the state, but addressing the millions of tailpipes that travel its roads every day, including DIA’s flight & ground ops too and DIA is expected to have more passengers than ever

So we look to Europe for what might happen in the future. Dutch airlines KLM is encouraging people to stop flying and take other more sustainable modes of transportation like train and bus. Hyperloop companies have always stated that their value is in reducing the high emissions of regional air travel.

Hardt Hyperloop is the first in Europe to complete a functional test hyperloop system. Hardt has developed a “lane-switching mechanism that allows us to build a hyperloop network in the near-future” said Mars Geuze, CCO Hardt Hyperloop during their Grand Reveal. The lane-switching technology allows hyperloop vehicles to change from one lane to another without additional or moving components. This enables the vehicles to retain their high speeds, effortlessly switch routes, and merge in and out of the network and Hardt is working now on a 3-kilometer track and European Hyperloop Centre. 

So how does this relate to Colorado? The recent press of pro Front Range Passenger rail as well as individuals who initially support passenger rail along with cities in Colorado but now support bus systems… make a confusing news landscape. “While expanding Bustang would cost millions, or perhaps tens of millions, that’s a tiny amount compared to the billions rail would likely cost.” ColoradoHyperloop.com fully supports expanded bus routes connecting all parts of rural and urban Colorado… as well as rail!

On the whole, everyone is disappointed by the confusion, delay and lack of completion of transportation infrastructure projects in Colorado. Even on the anniversary of RTD’s founding 50 years ago, Colorado is still hamstrung by the lack of non-car based regional infrastructure and taxation to pay for improvements to transportation. 

“Colorado without railroads is comparatively worthless.” Colorado Territorial Governor John Evans and Colorado would not be the Queen City of the Plains without rail. Even trains from Golden to Longmont, via Denver and Boulder, took 5 years to build 1868 to 1873. Five. Years. 

We are proud that the Governor of Colorado, companies and citizens are at the forefront of decarbonizing transportation. We all know that the Front Range air quality is terrible, but Colorado Legislature’s efforts are showing some improvement in ozone pollution.

We applaud the efforts of Colorado Springs, they are looking to a future of not only rail between cities on the Front Range, but also connecting Amtrak’s Southwest Chief (Chicago to Los Angeles to to Colorado Springs from Pueblo) to LA. First though, they need to build a new city transit hub and the entire state of Colorado needs to introduce more people to careers in construction. Fort Collins is also very interested in the idea of Front Range Passenger Rail. 

ColoradoHyperloop.com has always supported trains in Colorado. Hopefully, we as a state have learned the lesson of not building trains to DIA in 1995 & build a front range rail in a decade. Again, Hardt Hyperloop is planning and has concept art of their pod interior showing bus, metro, regional trains, e-bike & robotaxi fleets.

But we as a state of Colorado need to think about funding transportation. “The prediction is that TABOR refunds could amount to $1.3B over the next 3 years — unless voters agree to let the state use that money for transportation & education.”  Unless more funding is generated, RideRTD staff now say that a passenger rail line to Boulder and Longmont won’t open in full capacity until after 2050, though under one scenario limited service may begin in 2042 unless RTD finds another way to fund investments in transportation. 

Voters could soon see another request for more money for passenger rail and we support CDOT is exploring a plan that could involve a 2020 ballot measure to help fund passenger service from Fort Collins to Trinidad. 

2050 seems like a long time from now. Why build a #hyperloop or train in Colorado connecting front range cities before 2050? Because we need to lower greenhouse emissions. Families in Sweden know and are glad there are groups like Ouro Mobility that are studying user habits for sustainable personal mobility. 

Can CDOT find a way to build a 173-mile passenger rail system along the Front Range? We hope so, but we also hope for Hyperloop in Colorado. 

Tweets @COHypleroop ❤️ 

  • ColoradoOutdoors: 9 trailheads you can get to from public transportation
  • RAIL Magazine: Happy 4th, with the Fort Collins Muncipal Railway Society’s Birney Car #21 festoooned for festivities along its 3-mile route between downtown & City Park (image via FCMRS), much of it in grass medians. First arriving in Ft. Collins In 1919, it has operated exclusively there since
  • Colo. Motor Carriers: Richard Branson talks space travel, the Hyperloop and trains traveling faster than the Concorde.
  • BOOM Supersonic: Carbon footprint poses one of the greatest challenges to supersonic travel. We’re proud to be on the forefront of sustainable solutions. XB-1 will fly with zero net carbon jet fuel in 2020.
  • Rail Passengers Association: Pres. of the Colorado Rail Passenger Association and At-Large National Representative of Rail Passengers, James Souby, will testify today before the U.S. Senate on what comes next for @Amtrak and the National Network.
  • CPR News: Commuting on I-25: “It’s not fun. It’s pretty awful actually.” So, why not take the Bustang? Suprisingly, it’s an option more and more Coloradans are down with.
  • Smart Growth USA: Denver’s newest commuter rail line has spurred thousands of new housing units around the stations, and with 15 minute headways 5-days a week, it provides a convenient, car-free way for residents to get where they need to go.
  • Rocky Mountain ADA Center: The Rocky Mountain ADA Center! 
  • DenverTrolley: There are many issues involved (for electrifying the trolly) — financial, legal, logistical, and security — that are big challenges for a small non-profit organization like ours. Perhaps this dream can become a reality down the road in partnership with others…
  • Jill Gaebler 🇺🇸: Colorado just took a huge step toward implementing a sustainable, scalable, and reliable transportation mode along the Front Range. #transitmatters
  • Tamara Chuang: Northern Colorado region is growing so fast that it’s almost another Denver, and we know how everyone loves I-25 in Denver.

Global Hyperloop One Conference 
Tomorrow – Monday, 8 July 2019
Golden, Colorado

Use coupon code: “coloradohyperloop”.  It will take $125 off individual registration category, bringing the price from $155 to $30. https://www.hyperlooppartnership.org/ghc2019-about

Colorado Hyperloop Progress in 2019

ColoradoHyperloop.com is proud to have been founded five months after Elon Musk’s initial white paper in May of 2013. We have shifted the conversation for sustainable transportation and infrastructure to look 50 years into the future and have been at the forefront of hyperloop discussions and the reality of the real world.

ColoradoHyperloop.com’s goals fulfill three categories; imagining how high-speed Hyperloop transportation might be built and deployed in Colorado with local user input, decrease air pollution by petrol-based transportation, and support train and high-speed rail initiatives through the Great Plains and Mountain West.

We see a perfect storm in the next couple of years in the progress of electrified high-speed transportation in Colorado and the world. Below are updates from around the State and nation. ColoradoHypelroop.com is proud to be a part of the wider debate for sustainable transportation and make sure Colorado users are heard.

Governor Polis on High-Speed Electrified Transportation

Governor Polis gave ColoradoHyperloop.com his policy position on faster-than-car transportation during the campaign. We believe the Polis Administration’s leadership is aligned to fulfill ColoradoHyperloop.com’s goals as stated above. We look forward to closely monitoring and reaching out to the Governor for policy, but a great first start is his stated dedication to moving Colorado’s electric grid to 100% renewable sources by 2040, and thus transpoprtation electirfication, and protecting the environment for future generations.

“Colorado is relying on 20th century infrastructure to power a 21st century economy. It is time for bold, innovative ideas that are not just going to add lanes to highways, but rather build a system for the future. I’ve built my career on long-term solutions. As an entrepreneur that built an internet company before computers were a household item, created first-of-its kind producer-to-consumer online companies, I am very excited to see ideas like the hyperloop considered. I encourage this type of leadership and look forward to see innovative ideas like this come to fruition.
Imagine being able to quickly commute anywhere between Fort Collins and Pueblo without the usual hassles of driving up and down I-25, like air and noise pollution, traffic, and icy roads. A comfortable, wi-fi connected, mass-transit option that is accessible and affordable may be the solution that makes this vision a reality.
Effective rail can help us get to work quicker and less expensively than driving a single-occupancy vehicle, especially when you consider the mounting costs of gas, maintenance, and depreciation of a car’s value. While Colorado will always continue to evaluate and aggressively pursue bringing emerging technologies like Hyperloop to our state, an economically viable rail option is a promising and attractive alternative to traveling by car.”

https://polisforcolorado.com/transportation/

Arrivo

Is no-more. It was a brief but spectacular ride.

Colorado Rejects Two Transportation Ballot Measures

ColoradoHyperloop.com did not have a stated policy position for three reasons:

  • Hyperloop was not mentioned.
  • Both groups, while different, need each other to build, fix and ‘go’ for statewide transportation needs. We are dismayed that these two groups and measures did not work together more, as collaboration is the only way to move the State forward.
  • The current way that transportation is funded, by elected State House and Senate representatives, is completely hamstrung by Tabor / Gallagher. These bigger issues need to be dealt with first.

Virgin Hyperloop One, AECOM & CDOT

ColoradoHyperloop.com is still waiting for these groups to release or be contacted for “initiate stakeholder engagement” for connecting Cheyenne, Denver Pueblo. Transparency has been a key to the founding of ColoradoHyperloop.com, so we look forward to their outreach:

In addition to technical and economic aspects, the study will offer multiple opportunities for additional partners and stakeholders, such as local governments, businesses, and community groups to become part of this venture and to help make hyperloop a reality in Colorado.

https://www.aecom.com/jp/press-releases/rocky-mountain-hyperloop-project-advances-second-half-feasibility-study-unveils-vision-denver-intl-airport-portal/

Colorado Passenger Rail Initiative

ColoradoHyperloop.com is encouraged by their fantastic work and we highly recommend you subscribe to their newsletter and become a supporter. Their latest update included details on the Rail Commission:

Legislature funds Rail Commission
The Colorado Legislature appropriated $2.5 million dollars for the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission to begin planning a Front Range rail corridor. The Joint Budget Committee then released an initial allocation of $938,000 for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2019. The Commission will request the balance in the upcoming legislative session.
The measure enjoyed bipartisan support. ColoRail thanks House Speaker Crisanta Duran and House Transportation Committee Chair Faith Winter for their leadership.
The state DOT is now interviewing candidates for a project director who will lead the creation of the Front Range rail plan.

http://colorail.org/

New Head of CDOT

Governor Jared Polis recently appointed Shoshana M. Lew as the new Executive Director for CDOT and she has experience in financial operations of DOT’s and studied in American History. Welcome to Colorado!

Mountain Rail and Loop

ColoradoHyperloop.com does not focus too much on I70 corridor due to the fact that much of the state does not live in the mountains but rather on the plains. However, we have seen in the past and now present that a mountain route belenefit in faster, safer and less energy dependent than a car transportation.

While Virgin Hyperloop One considers their tubes going along I-70, the I70 Coalition is the latest group to want a fast mountain transportation by train. ColoradoHyperloop.com hopes that they make transparent their study and findings.

With regard to the high-speed transit component, there is more that needs to be known about its potential and specifically about the economic impacts of high-speed transit in the corridor.  
Development Research Partners has been retained by the I-70 Coalition, Summit/Clear Creek and Eagle Counties, CDOT, Denver Metro Economic Development Corporation, City and County of Denver, City of Idaho Springs, and Black Hawk Silver Dollar Metro District to conduct a study to estimate the economic impacts of a high-speed transit system in the I-70 Mountain Corridor. Development Research Partners is surveying and interviewing residents, businesses and various other individuals and organizations to better understand how high-speed transit might change business-to-business and consumer-to-business spending.

https://goi70.com/news/2018/high-speed-transit-economic-impacts-considered

Washington Post, Green Deal and E-bikes/scooters/transit

  • The Washington Post has a fantastic on “The rising Western skyline” that mentions “The construction is focused around public transportation centers.”
  • Interesting article on the new “Green Deal” by Vox. “High-speed trains already compete with planes in many parts of the world. They also have far lower carbon emissions.”
  • Mashable had an interesting article on e-bikes “After Uber bought Jump, people started riding bikes instead of ordering cars” which mentions Denver: “All this data shows how e-bikes, e-scooters, and yes, even public transit, can work together to get people around.”
https://twitter.com/COHyperloop/status/1095071871433887745

2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge with VentureSmarter.com and SmartRegions.org

2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge [Venture Smarter's Regional Smart Cities Initiative] (1)

ColoradoHyperloop.com participating in the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge VentureSmarter.com and SmartRegions.org

Venture Smarter will be hosting monthly webinars for the Smart Infrastructure Challenge teams. The goal of this initiative is to democratize smart city planning. In June the focus was on financing requirements, smart government and outcomes impact grant information. The 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge had 80+
Project Proposals, 250 Governments and Universities and 500+ Participating Organizations.

Colorado Hyperloop has no public-sector partners… yet… so we are not qualified to present our innovative plans at the Smart Regions Conference in Columbus, OH on October 25th, 2018. Our team can still be eligible to present and showcase at the event provided that public partners are secured before draft presentations are due on September 25th, 2018.

ColoradoHyperloop.com Looks forward to collaborating during the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge and beyond.

If you would like to play a part, in either working on the challenge or helping us with public-sector partners, please contact us: https://coloradohyperloop.com/contact/

Learn more about other 2018 Smart Infrastructure TeamsColorado Smart Cities Alliance (CSSA) and Colorado Spring Smart Team,  and other hyperloop specific teams like Arizona Hyperloop and Midwest Connect.

To fast Front Range transportation,

The Smart Regions Team of ColoradoHypelroop.com

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VentureSmarter.com and SmartRegions.org and Regional Smart Cities Initiatives are non-for-profit efforts that educate and align interdisciplinary groups of leaders around available tools and resources, so they can effectively research, plan, fund, and build smart cities and connected communities.

 

Phase 2 Feasibility Study with Virgin Hyperloop One and CDOT commences!


Rocky Mountain Hyperloop Project Advances To Second Half Of Feasibility Study, Unveils Vision For Denver Intl Airport Portal

  • Virgin Hyperloop One, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and AECOM, initiate stakeholder engagement, and propose a concept for first Virgin Hyperloop One portal near Denver International Airport

DENVER, COLORADO, MAY 22, 2018 – Virgin Hyperloop One, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and AECOM, have announced they are advancing to the second half of the Rocky Mountain Hyperloop feasibility study. Late last year, CDOT and Virgin Hyperloop One, working with AECOM, kicked off the hyperloop study, which will examine the technological and economic feasibility of a hyperloop transportation system in Colorado, based on an initial concept presented to Virgin Hyperloop One by CDOT and AECOM in 2016.

“The partnership between Virgin Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is an exciting one” said Amy Ford, Chief of Advanced Mobility for the Colorado Department of Transportation. “We have received some very positive feedback from interested Colorado stakeholders during and following our outreach event. To me it’s apparent that Colorado citizens are interested in the safety and mobility benefits a hyperloop system could bring to Colorado.”

The study has developed an initial design concept for first hyperloop portal (station) located near the Denver International Airport at 72nd and Himalaya. The study will analyze multiple potential alignments to link this central point of connectivity across the Front Range as well as the mountain resorts.

“Colorado has it all, from booming sectors in aerospace, technology and renewable energy to the Rockies’ natural splendor,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One. “With so many drawn to the state, hyperloop will enable efficient, fast, effortless connections that link Coloradans across city limits to work, live, and play.”

Hyperloop is a new ultra-high-speed mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination. Hyperloop will complement existing forms of transportation and will integrate seamlessly with the transport ecosystem. In a hyperloop, passengers or cargo pods accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. Last year, Virgin Hyperloop One set a historic test speed record of nearly 240 miles per hour (387 kilometers per hour, 107 meters per second) during its third phase of testing at DevLoop, the world’s first full-system hyperloop test site located in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

The hyperloop will differ from other fixed guideway modes of transportation by offering on-demand solutions and no fixed schedule. Passengers will be able to depart as soon as they arrive. The system will be dynamic with the ability to deploy pods based on up-to-the-second data points that continually optimize departures and arrivals. The hyperloop portal will also integrate seamlessly with existing transportation modes like the RTD A line.

Virgin Hyperloop One, in partnership with AECOM, released an architectural rendering of the portal, located at the Denver International Airport, which features a public gathering plaza as well as subterranean, green-roof infrastructure that integrates into the landscape and emerging smart city developments.

“Through our partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation, we are defining the next generation of infrastructure and transportation systems to addresses the shifting way people and freight need to move,” said Travis Boone, an Executive Vice President at AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm. “The Rocky Mountain Hyperloop showcases how we imagine, partner, and innovate to help define mobility of the future.”

In addition to technical and economic aspects, the study will offer multiple opportunities for additional partners and stakeholders, such as local governments, businesses, and community groups to become part of this venture and to help make hyperloop a reality in Colorado.

About Rocky Mountain Hyperloop

Rocky Mountain Hyperloop is one of Virgin Hyperloop One’s ten Global Challenge finalists working in partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One to make hyperloop a reality. The proposal for connecting the Colorado Front Range garnered support from institutions throughout Colorado including CDOT, the City and County of Denver, Denver International Airport, the City of Greeley, AECOM and other public and private institutions.

About Virgin Hyperloop One

Virgin Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has built a fully operational hyperloop system. Our team has the world’s leading experts in engineering, technology, and transport project delivery, working in tandem with global partners and investors to make hyperloop a reality, now. Virgin Hyperloop One is backed by key investors including DP WorldCaspian VC PartnersVirgin GroupSherpa CapitalAbu Dhabi Capital GroupSNCFGE VenturesFormation 8137 VenturesWTI, among others. For more information, visit www.virginhyperloopone.com.

About AECOM

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $18.2 billion during fiscal year 2017. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.

About Colorado’s RoadX

RoadX is CDOT’s bold vision and commitment to being a national leader in using innovative technology and partnerships to create travel in Colorado that’s free of crashes, injuries and delays. To learn more about this rapid, fast-paced venture to transform our aging transportation system, visit roadx.codot.gov.













January 2018 Update

A different view of Denver from the foothills overlooking the planes.

Colorado Hyperloop has been busy working behind the scenes to lay the foundation to best serve you and the idea of a hyperloop in Colorado.
Hyperloop interest is increasing with both decision-makers in government, the general public and businesses in Colorado.


Survey of the 2018 Colorado Governor Candidates
We are thankful for the candidates who answered our questionnaire.

Survey Question: Do you think of a very fast Hyperloop transportation system along a North-South alignment from Fort Collins to Pueblo connecting all major cities and airports along the corridor is a good or bad idea?

 

Read the Candidates who responded here. 


Hats and Flamethrowers!

Got your attention! We do not have Black Hats nor do we have Flamethrowers… but what if we could help design hyperloop technology in a way that is more human-centered?

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

The results of these surveys are being compiled into a one-page white paper meant to inform decision-makers and people unfamiliar with hyperloop

Colorado Hyperloop wants this technology to be designed 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.

Thank you to everyone that has already filled out the surveys!


#COHYPERLOOPHERE

Denver Colorado Hyperloop

We want your art submissions! What do you think a hyperloop in Colorado would look like? This submission was kindly developed by KNewsUpdate.

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


Pro Hyperloop

We are still working with other groups on how to represent pro-hyperloop organizations in Colorado. Details will be provided soon, contact us for your input.


Recent Hyperloop News 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!