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Did anyone see the hyper loop proposal l that was reported on by Tampa biz journal?
Here is the article:

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies will pitch its futuristic bullet train concept to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority in hopes of moving forward with a plan.
The TBARTA staff will hear the presentation this Friday during a virtual board meeting. The item comes before the board as the agency works with consultant WSP to conduct a state-funded feasibility study on new transit technologies for the region.
The Tampa Bay region is preparing to have bus rapid transit for the first time and a future high-speed train, but it needs more options as roads continue to be clogged with congestion and are separated by waterways.
HyperloopTT's system would use a reduced pressure tube with a magnetic levitation system that transports people in capsules. The company's presentation for TBARTA shows it would have magnetic levitated 20-ton capsules to transfer people via an elevated tunnel from Tampa to St. Petersburg, St. Pete to Bradenton and then to Miami.
The routes would be done in three phases.
The phases:
  • Phase 1 would connect from Tampa to St. Petersburg
  • Phase 2 would connect from St. Petersburg to Bradenton
  • Phase 3 would connect Bradenton to Sarasota, Venice, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Naples, Fort Lauderdale and Miami
The TBARTA presentation does not address the commute times for the various Florida locations and where exactly the stations would be placed.
The travel capsules can reach a maximum speed of 760 miles per hour and can carry 28 to 50 passengers at a time. They are made to carry 160,000 daily passengers, according to HyperloopTT's presentation.
Andrea La Mendola, chief global operations officer for HyperloopTT, spoke with the Tampa Bay Business Journal last year and said Florida was an ideal marketfor the technology.
Its proposed connections are similar to high-speed rail Brightline as it has South Florida locations and a planned Tampa station. However, HyperloopTT previously stated that it would be more competition for airlines than trains due to linking destinations where plane travel is costly. The presentation even compares HyperloopTT speed to planes.
HyperloopTT says it has an existing commercial prototype in Dubai and a cargo prototype in Germany. The California-based company is also doing a feasibility study in the Great Lakes region where it would have a system connecting Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh.
Although the presentation did not have a breakout of exact funding sources and amounts, it did state it is working with Kimley-Horn for its planning and design engineering and a geotechnical partner, Tierra Inc., which has a Tampa office.
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