The herculean lobbying effort that would be needed for a hyperloop project seems insurmountable. Colorado hasn’t had a statewide infrastructure project since the creation of the interstate or to a smaller kind, the light rail project. (following the light rail model and best practices would be instrumental in implementing the Hyperloop in Colorado)
Some of the key players I see are:
-Colorado Legislature (Governor, Senate and House ) and most importantly the Joint Budget Committee
The list could go on and on. One way to get the hyperloop project off the ground could be to follow: Take Back Your Government: A Citizen’s Guide to Grassroots Change by State Senator Morgan Carroll.
I will need to remember what action steps it recommends, but it is a citizen/grassroots led initiatives.
Also, something that I see Colorado needing is a organization or government body that is like Google X labs. This lab could write up recommendations on future technology that could alter how citizens interact with their government. Right now there isn’t a future technology recommendations body. However, I suppose the universities in colorado make up the advice giving sector.
The front range hyperloop or even though the mountains, would be on par with Colorado’s history. “The Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. This spectacular stretch of narrow gauge railroad was completed in 1884 and considered an engineering marvel for its time.” It is time for us to make another engineering marvel, its time to make history again.