New President, New Hyperloop
2016 Nov 18 By Blake 0 comment

Without getting too political, The New York Times has an article how the Trump Administration could set goals for massive infrastructure projects.  In Trump-Size Idea for a New President: Build Something Inspiring, we read that Colorado is mentioned for one such project: Denver I-70 east: Denver is trying to put a section of Interstate 70 underground to reconnect the city’s urban fabric and use four acres of the reclaimed space for parks, bike paths and walks, and farmers’ markets. The green space could be much larger, further reducing pollution. Cost: $1.17 billion. I would like to point out that the Hyperloop is probably…

Hickenlooper Focuses on Issues of Rural Colorado, Transportation in State of the State
2016 Jan 19 By Blake 0 comment

Governor Hickenlooper’s State of the State address, the medusa like TABOR continues to drag any new Colorado initiatives to a legislative thrashing of poisonous paralysis. Even without TABOR, everyone, including the Governor is worried about traffic congestion, specifically I-25 and I-70: Add to the equation 2 million more residents projected to join us over the next 20 years, and we’ve got a math problem.  Our population grew by over 100,000 last year alone, so we need to invest now to ease congestion and mobility for today and tomorrow.    We have transportation issues up and down I-25, along I-70 and other high-volume traffic…

Colorado Capital Can Roll Back  Hyperloop via Renewable Energy Standards
2015 Feb 05 By Blake 0 comment

News from the Colorado State Capitol of a Senate bill that would effect a solar powered Colorado hyperloop. Senate Bill 44. The Denver Business Journal reports: The bill would roll back Colorado’s renewable energy goals, currently set at 30 percent by 2020 for investor-owned utilities, to half of that — or 15 percent. The goal for rural cooperatives, which currently need to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable resources by 2020, would be rolled back to 15 percent under the proposal. It is ironic that a small group Colorado citizens would want a small portion of their energy bills to contribute more to the “Brown…

RTD Too Expensive? Go Ride a Bike or Ride the Hyperloop!
2015 Jan 30 By Blake 0 comment

  There are always grumblings on RTD’s cost of tickets. An even bigger complaint is how complex they are in figuring out which one to buy. 9News and the Denver Business Journal follow up; …pay for bus and train rides in the Denver area is probably going to change soon. The Denver Regional Transportation District is working on a plan to simplify its fare system because it decided the current structure is just too complicated. … “It’s a mess,” argues rider Kathy Procopio ofArapahoe County. She has a point: there are three different kinds of bus fares depending how far…

Sustainable Development Priorities for the Colorado Hyperloop
2015 Jan 19 By Blake 0 comment

Sustainable development will only be achieved by honoring the priorities of Colorado citizens. Focusing on the users is important to any architecture and transit system. The below video highlights this focus, and defines it as The Human Scale. http://youtu.be/BxywJRJVzJs While nobel, this goal is hard to reach. That is why he nonprofit Sustainable Colorado would a great facilitator for discussions of the sustainability of the Colorado Hyperloop. Below is a wee bit about their organization: The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado (the Alliance) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming sustainability from vision to reality. Serving as the backbone for sustainability in Colorado, the Alliance…

Inauguration of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
2015 Jan 13 By Blake 0 comment

The Colorado Hyperloop would like to wish Governor Hickenlooper success in the next 4 years. Great speech on building things, now how about a Hickenlooper Hyperloop?  “Each of us is responsible in shaping our own fate” “Awestruck in how Coloradans respond” “Endured fires, floods and senseless killings” “Colorado is posed to be a model state” “The creativity of our innovators” “‘When we build, let us think that we build forever.'” “Is it something for our present day delight or is it for future generations of Coloradans?” “Colorado will be defined more by its future than its past”        …

The Triple Bottom Line
2015 Jan 13 By Blake 0 comment

  Could the Colorado Hyperloop be sustainable? A measure will be whether the C.H. has what is called the Triple Bottom Line.  From an online course via FutureLearn on sustainability from The University of Bath. Note: Colorado State University has a great MBA course on Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise that also includes the Triple Bottom Line. Its a mix between Economic, Social and Environmental or as the CSU course states; people, planet and profit. Economic impact is the easiest to measure and include: Profitable business Sustainable profit margins Fairly paid jobs Properly paid taxes Suppliers paid appropriately Investment in research, development…

2014 Nov 17 By Blake 0 comment

The backbone of I-25 is broken. Millennials are wanting other methods of transportation, especially along the whole Colorado Front Range. In the future, new generations will want, use and live near diversified transit in cities that connect to other urban areas.  Millennials rank access to public transportation a top factor in deciding where to live. If the Colorado Hyperloop is built, it will be  another positive factor to incentivize young people to move to the state. It will guarantee economic development along the WHOLE front range, not just in Denver or Jeffco.  It also might help control city sprawl. A New York Times Op-Ed by…

2014 Nov 12 By Blake 0 comment

Questions of whether we should build a Colorado Hyperloop shouldn’t be a zero sum game. If you don’t know what zero sum means in game theory, look at this video by President Clinton. http://youtu.be/DnLosZVG54k So lets imagine a future different from the past. Cars will forever be around. Rail will always be around. Hyperloop will be new, but it will show our interdependence on the other forms of transportation. A hyperloop will reveal that we are interdependent to each other as well. Colorado relates to this important higher level of thinking because CDOT will be embarking on some major infrastructure projects that will affect…

2014 Oct 09 By Blake 0 comment

Because its easy to make critiques at every new technological advancement, see the LED debate below, the Colorado Hyperloop would like to congratulate Gary Truesdale’s latest Hyperloop Efficiency Concept. The video below shows how he made a device that could reduce overall energy use of each hyperloop pod and tube sections by forcing air circulation in the Hyperloop system. Hyperloop Test Fixture V2, Credit: Gary Truesdale http://youtu.be/LCBQbDopZbI?list=PLpA1OZDvaZCb4aXnVx-3Oms4Od4lYBpcQ Good job Gary, keep up the innovations! With innovations like the one above, the Colorado Hyperloop will be using the most energy efficient and lowest carbon renewable energy technology currently available. So…