Regional Chamber VP considers Missouri the Hyperloop front runner

A report is due in September how they can make Hyperloop happen in Missouri

March 18, 2019 - 9:57 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Buckle in – Hyperloop is closer to becoming a real thing in Missouri.

Andrew Smith, VP of the St. Louis Regional Chamber is going to change his focus full-time on bringing the futuristic transportation technology to the state. 

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It shoots passengers and cargo through tubes at 700 mph and a one-way ticket price would be about $30 or "less than a tank of gas," Smith says.

Last week, we told you about the competition of a feasability study and the creation of a legislative committee on how to pay for the more than $7 billion project. There are several competitors, like India to Colorado, who are also pursuing Hyperloop technology, but Smith says he's confident Missouri is now the leader.

But Smith wants more than just a 30-minute commute between St. Louis and Kansas City.

"We have a long and rich history in Missouri of being a manufacturing, particularly an advanced manufacturing hub," Smith says. "I think we are the pioneers when it comes to technology around infrastructure and logistics. We're the state that put people in space."

Smith says the state House committee is supposed to report back to the Speaker by September on how they can make this happen in Missouri.

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