Feasibility study

Great Lakes, United States

Progress towards first US route

In 2018, HyperloopTT signed a public-private partnership agreement with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to study the potential of a Great Lakes hyperloop corridor. The project involves over 30 regional stakeholders, including private companies, municipalities, government agencies, non-profits, and universities, who have signed a non-binding letter of intent to work collaboratively to identify mutually beneficial opportunities arising from this project.

Transportation Economics & Management Systems, Inc. (TEMS), a third-party transportation expert, prepared the feasibility study for the Great Lakes region in conformance with USDOT and FRA guidance for high-speed transportation initiatives. This data also went through a rigorous peer review process to involve the local community in its evaluation.

The study assessed the technical, financial, and regulatory viability of the Chicago–Cleveland–Pittsburgh corridor. The 160+ page report, released in December 2019, is the most comprehensive analysis of a commercial hyperloop system and proved the economic benefit of developing HyperloopTT passenger and freight systems along the corridor.

The next steps in the development process are currently planned to begin in 2023 and include environmental impact reports and station studies in partnership to integrate with existing air, bus, and rail resources. The aim is to create a cost-effective, zero-emission transport alternative. Completing environmental studies and station planning will allow the project to proceed to final design, financing, construction, and commercial operations.

Download the Great Lakes Hyperloop Feasibility Study results.