High speed hyperloop between Calgary and Edmonton could be as fast as 30 minutes
A Canadian based startup wants to build a hyperloop system to get people between Edmonton and Calgary in under 30 minutes.
TransPod is designing an ultra-high-speed transportation technology, with hopes that the province of Alberta will support their proposal for a privately funded link.
"We’re re-imagining the way we live and work, and we’re bringing the hyperloop to life to virtually shrink distances and connect people, cities, and businesses," reads their website.
The hyperloop system, would see pressurized passenger and cargo vehicles travel in a low-pressure tube environment. The vehicles would be powered by electrically-driven magnetic propulsion, according to the company.
In an interview with Global news, TransPod CEO and co-founder, Sebastien Gendron said the the design is like a aircraft-train hybrid and would follow the QEII between Alberta’s two largest cities. The technology has the capacity to top out at speeds of 1,000 km/h.
“All the technology we’re using is coming from the aerospace industry. You need a cabin, a pressurized cabin, so people can breathe inside the same way we do it on an aircraft. All the options exist similar to what we have on an aircraft. The fuselage itself is really similar. So it doesn’t look like a train,” said Gendron to Global News.
While there are not yet any full-scale trains of it's kind, a number of lines have been proposed before. Including a loop that would connect Toronto to Montreal.
In order to move forward with the project, TransPod will have to receive approval of the proposal from Alberta Transportation.
The company told Global News they are also looking for certification by a regulatory body such as Transport Canada or the transportation commission from the European Union.
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