Hyperloop One has picked Toronto to Montreal as one of its top choices to build the first hyperloop high-speed travel system.
In May 2016, Hyperloop One held a global competition to narrow down possible cities where the company could build one of its first routes in the world.
After narrowing down the finalists, Toronto and Montreal have been chosen as one of the top contenders for to build the high-speed transportation system.
According to Hyperloop One, the proposed route between the two cities connects Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto and would “create a Canadian mega region as much as a quarter of the country’s population.”
If the system is built, commuters would be able to travel from:
- Toronto to Montreal (640 km) in 39 minutes
- Toronto to Ottawa (450 km) in 27 minutes
- Ottawa to Montreal (190 km) in 12 minutes
The system works by loading passengers and cargo into a pod and accelerating gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube.
The pod then lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to the ultra low aerodynamic drag.
The company completed the first successful full-scale hyperloop test this summer.
Hyperloop One also announced nine other global candidates with the following routes:
- Chicago to Columbus to Pittsburgh (785 km)
- Dallas to Laredo to Houston (1030 km)
- Cheyenne to Denver to Pueblo (580 km)
- Miami to Orlando (414 km)
- Bengaluru to Chennai (334 km)
- Mumbai to Chennai (1102 km)
- Edinburgh to London (666 km)
- Glasgow to Liverpool (545 km)
- Mexico City to Guadalajara (532 km)
Hyperloop One will now work with each winning team and conduct further analysis on their proposals.
The company’s business and tech leaders will also host in-country workshops with each team in order to improve the feasibility of each of the possible routes.
“The results of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge far exceeded our expectations,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One, in a statement. “We had tremendous interest in this competition, and these ten teams each had their unique strengths in showcasing how they will alleviate serious transportation issues in their regions.”