"North Carolina Research Triangle – home to some of the country's largest companies, universities and health care centers – is a great place to test Hyperloop technology," said Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One. Other benefits highlighted include reliable travel times, improved road safety, a direct link to the airport and better logistics for freight shipments. The hyperloop corridors could also be connected to the existing rail network and a regional rapid transit bus system project for the research triangle.
Durham and Orange counties previously envisioned a 17.7 km light rail line linking Durham, Chapel Hill, three universities (including Duke) and a trio of major medical institutions. However, the GoTriangle project was set aside in April. A hyper loop network could prove to be a more viable intercity transit system for the region.
Hyperloop One is working on projects in several other regions, including Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Dubai and India. To date, he has done hundreds of tests on his test track outside Las Vegas, while continuing to perfect his Hyperloop technology.