Columbus hyperloop project stalled, technology still lacks federal approval

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A proposed hyperloop line that promised to provide high-speed travel from Chicago to Columbus and Pittsburgh appears to be dead in its tracks, at least for now.

Hyperloop technology involves powering pods down low-pressure tubes via magnetic force, reaching speeds of over 500 miles per hour.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has been working with Virgin Hyperloop One on the feasibility of such a line since 2017.

Thea Ewing, the commission’s chief regional development officer, said the company’s technology has yet to receive approval from federal regulators.

“An opportunity could certainly miss us if we just held down to a technology that hasn’t even been certified in the United States. It’s just too far beyond where we’re at today for us to continue looking at it at the moment,” Ewing said.

Another factor: Virgin signaled last month that it was shifting its focus from passenger to cargo transport, a move…

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