Florida Wins in Hyperloop Challenge

Orlando is one of the most visited cities in the U.S., according to tourism figures.

And, before too much longer, people may be able to get there from south Florida a great deal faster.

The Sunshine State was chosen as one of ten winners in the Hyperloop global challenge, which aims to create a transportation system that can move passengers and freight along a ground track, but at airliner speeds.

The news was posted Thursday on the official site of the Hyperloop challenge.

Hyperloop would make the Miami-Orlando run in just 26 minutes, according to designers.

Officials with Hyperloop say that, by connecting Orlando and Miami with this system, the two cities can create a tourist and economic megahub. 

Travelers could fly into either airport and easily go to attractions throughout Florida, reducing regional flights and increasing airport capacity.

Hyperloop officials say the project can also boost Miami‚Äôs 18 cruise lines. The Port of Miami holds the world record for number of cruise passengers. 

With a Hyperloop in place, officials say visitors at Disney World could also take a cruise from Miami all in one week without losing a day to travel between the two cities.

Officials with the Hyperloop project add that connecting the Port of Miami via Hyperloop could also dramatically improve the movement of goods throughout Florida and eventually the rest of the country. 

The Hyperloop system moves people or freight in pressurized cabins through a closed tube with low internal air pressure, using an electromagnetic system for propulsion.

The entire combination means that the Hyperloop pods can move at substantial speeds.

All that being said, many transportation experts say the project faces obstacles before the plan becomes a functioning system.

There is a great deal of testing ahead for any system, and the people behind the Hypeerloop say they know that. 

They admit that the system probably will not be ready for passenger service before the year 2012, though they are expressing hopes for cargo runs to start by the year 2020.


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