Back in October, Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), the only hyperloop company in the world to successfully test its technology at scale, was on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. They were showcasing the XP-1 test pod as part of its national roadshow to introduce the promise of hyperloop technology to people across the United States.
As the company continues to broaden bipartisan support of its revolutionary transportation technology, Representatives from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Troy Balderson (OH) and Bruce Westerman (AK), and Congressman Mike Turner (OH), Congressman Bob Gibbs (OH), and Congressman Billy Long (MO) joined Virgin Hyperloop One Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Josh Giegel in calling for greater support of innovative mass transit technology across the United States. “With hyperloop, we are launching the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years: one that is faster, cleaner and cheaper than ever before. When private innovators work hand in hand with lawmakers and policymakers at all levels of government, innovation thrives,” said Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Virgin Hyperloop One. “We are proud to have support from these federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, all who recognize that the future of our national, regional, and local economies hinges on advancing new, efficient forms of mass transit.
”In the United States, ten states are now exploring hyperloop including Missouri, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Indiana, and Oregon – in addition to Nevada which hosts the test site. The United States House of Representatives recently fully funded the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s New and Emerging Transportation Technologies (NETT) Council, which was established to research and standardize hyperloop technology.
A recent event at Rockefeller Plaza introduced New Yorkers to hyperloop technology, showcasing the real-world XP-1 test vehicle and allowing passers-by to envision what the introduction of a hyperloop route could mean for their lives when cities were connected like metro stops and the location is no longer a constraint when choosing where to live or work.
The VHO stop in New York is part of a broader roadshow across the United States, which has already made stops in Dallas-Fort Worth, Kansas City, and Columbus. Following New York, VHO will make stops in Raleigh and Washington D.C.