Part One of a series highlighting the Global Challenge semifinalists and their Hyperloop routes.
Nevada has been called “a real get-things-done state.” We can confirm that’s true. In less than 6 months Nevada helped Hyperloop One secure all of the federal, state, county, city and Kern River easements, permitting and approvals needed for the Propulsion Open Air Test we held a year ago at our Apex Test Site in North Las Vegas. Nevada also helped Hyperloop One accelerate the planning and construction of our DevLoop test track at Apex, a site that was nothing more than bare desert a year ago.
Tube installation is now complete on the 1,600-foot-long DevLoop, which will be the world’s first full-scale Hyperloop when system testing begins in the coming months.
As expected, representatives from Nevada came to our Vision For America showcase in Washington, D.C. on April 6 ready to break ground. The route Nevada is proposing runs between Las Vegas and Reno, a 454-mile passenger and freight system that would boost tourism in the state, support smarter commercial real estate development, and ease freight congestion in the West by creating a third north-south corridor. Freight flows originating or terminating in Nevada are expected to increase from 132M tons and $165BN in 2015 to 191M tons and $305BN by 2045.
The Nevada representatives have already won the support of key government and regulatory stakeholders such as Governor Brian Sandoval’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), as well as additional private and public-sector partners.
At our Vision for America event we sat down with Sandra Rosenberg, assistant director for planning at the Nevada DOT and Tina Quigley, general manager of the regional transportation commission of Southern Nevada, who challenged everyone in the room with a question: “Can you find another state that can move as quickly as we can at implementation?"
Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd evoked the state in his keynote at the event. The state of Nevada demonstrates that "things can happen quickly if we want them to happen quickly... When we collaborate, when we work with state authorities… and I’d like to complement the state of Nevada, the governor’s office, and the team that proposed this project."