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Denver About to Get ‘Hyperloop’ Tubes, 500% More Smug

Theresa Edwards
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Theresa Edwards
Denver About to Get ‘Hyperloop’ Tubes, 500% More Smug

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Los Angeles-based transportation tech firm Arrivo met with Denver officials today to announce their forthcoming partnership, which will result in the former drilling a whole bunch of tube holes into the latter — tube holes that will one day ferry metal capsules filled with commuters from one side of the city to the other in what is being called the first realized Hyperloop project.

Hyperloop, if you don’t know, is one of tech savant Elon Musk’s stops along his neverending quest to give us the world of tomorrow — today. The Tesla CEO introduced the idea in a 2013 white paper, and we’ve been thinking about how best to jam people into vacuum sealed tubes that levitate over a magnetized track and shoot them through an underground tunnel at 700 MPH ever since.

Arrivo’s “Hyperloop” isn’t really a Hyperloop in the truest sense of the word. For starters, it will “only” go about 200 MPH, taking commuters down the notoriously strangled corridor between Denver and Boulder in an estimated eight minutes instead of the usual hour. The fact that it covers such a small swath of ground is also what sets it apart from the original concept. The 700 MPH monster maglev train is meant to link huge distances, like the Houston-Laredo-Dallas triangle or the space between Edinburgh and London. But it’s still progress, and progress Arrivo seems well-equipped to make.

At the company’s helm is Brogan BamBrogan, who is one of the founders of Hyperloop One, also on staff are a few of his cohorts, some of whom are SpaceX veterans as well.

Traditionally, cities fix their traffic problems by ignoring them completely, spending billions on expansions that stack up right away, or by tolling public roads. You can bet that inhabitants of Denver are going to feel even more superior than they already do, sitting in their levitating futurepod while the rest of us endlessly ride the cattle shoots outside of our respective cities. I mean, I would.

The project is expected to break ground early next year and is adorably optimistically expected to be completed by 2021.