What is the Hypernet?
Imagine a not-too-distant future, in the next ten to twenty years, when a new type of transportation has emerged, beyond what we know today in the form of cars & trucks, planes, trains and ships that can move at the speed of sound, transporting people and products across the globe in a way that is safe, secure and sustainable. Hyperloop technology has the potential to transform the movement of both people and goods across the United States.
By producing a nearly frictionless transportation environment, a Hyperloop conduit allows standardized, self-propelled pods to move at speeds approaching that of sound. Moreover, a well- designed Hyperloop national network, known as the Hypernet, uses net-zero energy systems, offering a notable environmental advantage over current, competing transportation modes.
THE HYPERNET IS A NATIONAL NETWORK OF HYPERLOOP TUBES
Who will use the Hypernet?
The Hypernet will provide a “tollway” tube system to transportation operators including regional transit authorities, passengers, cargo lines and private operators while encouraging and assisting the development of stations, TOD real estate, and utility infrastructure by others.
How will the Hypernet be designed, built and operated?
The Hypernet’s purpose, vision and mission is focused not just on a single corridor, but an entire network of corridors across North America. Our initial plan is to work with an ecosystem of business partners to develop stations, pipes, ITC network, and renewable energy to connect the resource rich and increasingly populous Rocky Mountain Region with coastal cities and global trade routes.
Where will the first segments of the Hypernet be constructed?
The location of the first segment will be built by the first Public- Private-Partnership (PPP) that has the political will, funding, leverage, engagement of key stakeholders and accountability to bring the Hypernet vision to life.
When will the first hyperloop tubes be operational?
The development of the hyperloop technology is evolving quickly. No one can say for sure when the first hyperloop systems will be fully operational, but the companies that are working on the technologies are projecting the first full-scale working prototypes could be online as early as 2020.
Why do we need the Hypernet?
Transportation is the largest contributor of greenhouse gases, and thus climate-change. At the same time, capacities need to increase far beyond current limits because of growth. The grand challenge of the 21st century will be to systematically transform transportation into a multi-modal system solution fueled by clean energy, supporting round-trip carriage of natural resources, and capable of providing significant benefit to all stakeholders in the public, business and government realms. From this entrepreneurial and social vision, Rocky Mountain Hyperloop Consortium (RMHLC) was born.