Plans laid out for Hyperloop route from Chicago to Pittsburgh

Plans announced for potential Hyperloop between Chicago and Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Plans were laid out Wednesday for a Hyperloop route between Pittsburgh and Chicago through Cleveland.

The route presented Wednesday is being proposed by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, which has a test track in France and is working on a passenger system between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

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Most of the proposed route between Cleveland and Pittsburgh would be built 6 to 12 feet underground and mostly on public rights of way near highways.

It would rely on solar energy power and it could move up to 6 million passengers a year. There would be two stations in Pittsburgh -- one downtown and the other at the airport.

The plan is to get a passenger route up and running in India during the next decade, and a route in the United States will likely follow after that.