Hy­per­loop is com­ing to down­town Den­ver

Ar­rivo an­nounces deal for test site near E- 470

Chicago Sun-Times - - USA TODAY - Marco della Cava

Colorado driv­ers may be the first to escape traf­fic thanks to a new part­ner­ship be­tween state of­fi­cials and a Los An­ge­les- based hy­per­loop tech com­pany.

Ar­rivo founder Bro­gan Bam Bro­gan joined Colorado trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials in Den­ver on Tues­day to an­nounce a part­ner­ship to cre­ate a net­work of road­side tubes at the con­gested heart of the city that prom­ises to whisk driv­ers and their cars to their des­ti­na­tions at speeds of up to 200 mph.

The pub­lic- pri­vate play­ers in­clude Ar­rivo, the Colorado Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and E- 470 Pub­lic High­way Au­thor­ity, which op­er­ates a 75- mile, user- fi­nanced toll road run­ning along the east­ern perime­ter of the city.

The Ar­rivo test site will be near E- 470, and ground­break­ing is slated for early 2018.

Bam Bro­gan says Ar­rivo’s first com­mer­cial sys­tem could be ready in 2021 de­pend­ing on fund­ing, reg­u­la­tory and pub­lic- per­cep­tion hur­dles.

By way of pitch­ing the Ar­rivo sys­tem, Colorado DOT of­fi­cials spec­u­lated the net­work of tubes filled with high- speed trays to carry cars could cut a one- hour- and- 10- minute drive from down­town to the air­port to a nine- minute Ar­rivo ride.

A one- hour slog down the state’s busy Boul­der- to- Den­ver high­way cor­ri­dor would take eight min­utes.

“We’re the tech part­ner in what would be a big part­ner­ship in­volv­ing law­mak­ers, real es­tate peo­ple and oth­ers, but our job is to show that we can help pro­vide a pos­i­tive ROI ( re­turn on in­vest­ment),” Bam Brogam told USA TODAY. “Traf­fic is some­thing peo­ple are very ea­ger to solve.”

Bam Bro­gan said the idea is to use ex­ist­ing high­way right- of- ways to in­stall above- ground tubes to help com­muters cheat traf­fic by grant­ing them ex­press trips in their own cars to pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions.

Why not just build a train? “I have a young son, and my car is filled with ev­ery­thing I need for him, so not tak­ing my car of­ten isn’t a great op­tion,” he said.

Ar­rivo’s sys­tem is no­tably dif­fer­ent fromthe more sci- fi ver­sion of hy­per­loop, the name Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave to the trans­porta­tion sys­temin a white pa­per he wrote in 2013.

That vi­sion, one pur­sued by Ar­rivo ri­val Hy­per­loop One, in­volves aboveor be­low- ground vac­uum- sealed tubes, inside which mag­net­i­cally lev­i­tated pods can travel at up to 700 mph.


Ar­rivo’s sys­tem uses above- ground tubes to trans­port peo­ple in their own cars at up to 200 mph.

Ar­rivo’s sys­tem is no­tably dif­fer­ent from the more sci- fi ver­sion that ri­val Elon Musk has en­vi­sioned.

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