Texas drops hyperloop option for Dallas-Fort Worth, opting for high-speed rail

A hyperloop connection between Dallas and Fort Worth is no longer considered an option. The Regional Transport Council has chosen to focus solely on high-speed rail for the corridor. Hyperloop will however also be advanced, but on a parallel track for future separate lines in the region.

The North Central Texas Regional Transportation Council (RTC) has approved a policy revision that excludes the hyperloop from consideration and focuses only on high-speed rail as part of its corridor development plans Interstate 30 train between Dallas and Fort Worth. The transport council, which serves as the decision-making body for the region and is made up of locally elected officials, voted in accordance with staff recommendations during a February 10 meetingy.

According to Brendon Wheeler, senior transportation planner for the RTC, hyperloop technology still has a few hurdles to overcome to develop a standardized process. In order not to delay the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for this corridor, high-speed rail is chosen. However, the council sees opportunities for the hyperloop in the region.

Interest in hyperloop installations

Although no longer an option for the Dallas – Forth Worth corridor, hyperloop technology is not out of the question for Texas. Hyperloop “could find a location in different parts of the region,” Wheeler said.

The North Central Texas Transportation Council has been involved with several hyperloop companies. Before the hyperloop can be implemented and ready to operate, it must be proven by going through a safety certification and demonstration process. The project team says it has attracted interest from hyperloop companies to develop testing or certification facilities in the region. The RTC had previously offered to have Virgin Hyperloop’s certification center built in the area, but that ended in West Virginia.

In April 2020, North Central Texas Council of Governments staff began work on the Dallas-Fort Worth High-Speed ​​Transit Connections study with the assistance of a consultant. The first phase, an analysis of high-speed mode and corridor alternatives, was completed in August 2021. Meetings with government agencies will then be held to determine whether the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) or the Federal Transit Administration ( FTA) will conduct the environmental analysis.

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Jose P. Rogers