Details Released by Virgin for Possible 'Hyperloop One' From STL to KC

Travel time between Kansas City and St. Louis could be as little as 28 minutes, and just 15 minutes to Columbia.

October 18, 2018 - 9:00 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - A new study says the approximately 250-mile trip from Kansas City to St. Louis could be slashed to a half-hour's time, but an ultra-high-speed hyperloop system across Missouri wouldn't come cheap.

Rendering of Missouri Hyperloop along Highway-70.
(Hyperloop One)
Kansas City-based Black and Veatch found in its analysis that the Hyperloop could run in the median or along the side of Interstate 70. The study was accepted Wednesday by Virgin Hyperloop One, a company working to develop the world's first hyperloop system.

The key findings include:

- Reduction in accidents along the I-70, putting up to $91 million per year back in people’s pockets.

- Travel time between Kansas City and St. Louis could be as little as 28 minutes, compared to 3 ½ hours today, and travel time for trips from either Kansas City or St. Louis to Columbia could be 15 minutes, compared to nearly 2 hour.

- Savings from less time spent on the road, adding up to $410 million per year. 

Map of possible Hyperloop One route through Missouri.
(Hyperloop One)
Hyperloop technology involves a tubular track through which a train-like pod carries passengers at speeds up to 640 mph. It's not cheap. Some estimates have put the cost at $25 million to $27 million per mile, excluding land acquisition.

Other cities across the world are contenders for the Hyperloop technology, too.