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3 Colorado routes among 11 US finalists for Hyperloop system

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Posted at 10:10 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 00:10:04-04

DENVER (AP) — Three Colorado proposals are among 11 finalists in the United States competing in a private company's challenge to move passengers at speeds of 700 mph using a pod and tube system.

The Denver Post reports Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One announced the finalists Thursday. They join two dozen proposals outside of the U.S. and were picked from more than 2,000 worldwide.

A 360-mile route would connect Denver International Airport to Pueblo, Vail and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Another Colorado proposal includes a 242-mile route that would connect Wyoming to Pueblo, and the third proposal would run 1,152 miles between Cheyenne and Houston.

The idea is that pods would be lifted above a track using magnetic levitation and then would glide at airline speeds due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag in the tube.

Hyperloop One plans to pick three winners.

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