WASHINGTON — Hyperloop One, an experimental transportation company that proposes to carry people at speeds of up to 700 miles per hour inside a system of tubes, announced its first partnership with a state government on Thursday.
The company and the Colorado Department of Transportation said they had agreed to study the feasibility of a 360-mile route that would connect Denver with Pueblo to the south and Cheyenne, Wyo., to the north.
But the joint study will be just the first step in what would be a long process before any of the 4.8 million Colorado residents such a system could serve would see it in action.
Hyperloop One, based in Los Angeles, is one of several start-ups around the world racing to develop the system of tubes, depressurized inside to reduce friction, in order to transport pods carrying commuters. Tech executives like Tesla’s Elon Musk, who was the idea’s earliest champion, has a separate Hyperloop company, The Boring Company, has claimed that such a system could carry people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes.
Competition to win city and state contracts has been heated. In 2015, another company, Hyperloop Transportation Technology, announced a plan to build a track in Quay Valley, Calif.
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