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GAME CHANGERS | Northeast Ohio leads Hyperloop transportation industry: How you could soon travel from Cleveland to Chicago in less than 30 minutes

'This is happening, it’s coming here.'

CLEVELAND — Imagine traveling from Cleveland to Pittsburgh in nine minutes. How about Cleveland to Chicago in less than 30 minutes?

That’s exactly what Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is promising. 

Rob Miller, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, sat down to talk with WKYC's Dave Chudowsky about how the Great Lakes Hyperloop will be a true game changer with Cleveland at the forefront of this incredible innovation.

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Hyperloop is a system that moves people and goods at unprecedented speeds safely, efficiently and sustainably. Passenger and cargo capsules will hover through a network of low-pressure tubes between cities. 

It sounds too good to be true, but Miller says they are getting closer to building the Hyperloop.

Not only does Hyperloop Transportation Technologies say it’s safe, but it's also affordable at the price closer to a bus ticket than a flight. 

Elon Musk popularized the term Hyperloop in 2013, but it actually dates back to the 1860s, so it’s something humankind has been trying to do for more than 150 years. 

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If all goes according to plan, Hyperloop travel will bring a boost to the local economy. HTT has partnered with a-number of local agencies and private companies to make dreams a reality -- they say, it’s one of the reasons they’re looking to northeast Ohio to be at the forefront of Hyperloop technology.    

“The exciting part is that here we have extremely strong partnerships. Our partner NOACA has helped bring this to life. We have a Great Lakes Hyperloop Consortium, which is over 50 companies -- both in the public and private and university sector -- who are here committed to bring this to life. This is happening, it’s coming here."

Next steps? A feasibility study wraps up this fall. Across the ocean, the company is already building its first prototype.

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