Brogan BamBrogan has a different vision for ultrafast ground travel than his former colleagues at Virgin Hyperloop One or Elon Musk, the man who originally pitched tube-based travel between cities.
Forbes reports that BamBrogan’s Arrivo has formed a partnership with Colorado’s Department of Transportation and E-470 Public Highway Authority to start planning a tube train network that could speed cars and cargo around the Denver area.
BamBrogan’s idea is a shift from other companies, including Musk’s Boring Company and the Richard Branson-backed Virgin Hyperloop One, which are trying to develop high-speed transportation between cities.
Like autonomous cars and flying air taxis, futuristic Hyperloops are a next-generation transportation option attracting a surprising amount of investor interest in the past few years. But unlike Musk’s initial idea and the approach by BamBrogans’ former employer, renamed Virgin Hyperloop One in October following investment by the Richard Branson-led conglomerate, Arrivo is touting a lower-cost, lower speed tube train.
It’s eschewing a hallmark of Musk’s vision: Low-pressure vacuum tubes able to move pods containing people or cargo between cities that are hundreds of miles away from each other at speeds of up to 700 miles an hour.
Instead, Arrivo thinks “passively” magnetically levitated sleighs able to carry individual cars and trucks, cargo pallets or multiple passengers in transit-style coaches over distances of no more than about 30 miles at speeds of around 160 miles an hour is a cheaper, more practical option. While sections could be elevated, others could be built onto enclosed highway lanes to give them the ability to move more than three times as many vehicles per hour. The goal is also to reduce congestion and to connect to existing transportation networks, roads and airports, BamBrogan said.
“If you want to travel really fast in a low-pressure environment inside a metal tube between two cities, I’d recommend an airplane,” he said. “We’re focused in shorter distances, in the dozens to four- or five-dozen kilometer range that we can build out into a full network. We see ourselves connecting with airports, with local metro systems directly to unlock a whole region.”
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