Missouri loses hyperloop to West Virginia

Virgin Hyperloop announced Thursday, Oct. 8, that it will locate a certification facility on nearly 800 acres of land in northwest West Virginia.  The project will work closely with universities across the state. 

Photo courtesy of WVU Today (Virgin Hyperloop Rendering)

Missouri loses its bid to be a test site for the world’s first hyperloop.

The Springfield News-Leader reports California-based Virgin Hyperloop announced on Thursday that it would build its test track in West Virginia.  Missouri was one of 17 states competing for the bid. 

The hyperloop will carry passengers and cargo through vacuum tubes at more than 600 miles per hour.  The state had envisioned using that technology to connect Kansas City and St. Louis, cutting a four-hour trip to 30 minutes. 

State lawmakers had passed a bill in support of the project in May, hoping it would create jobs and generate billions of dollars in economic impact. 

House Speaker Elijah Haahr told the News-Leader that losing the project to another state might mean Missouri will now have to wait decades for the technology.

Construction on the West Virginia site is expected to begin in 2022, with commercial operations underway by 2030.