Hyperloop Now a Legal Public-Private Partnership Opportunity in Missouri

Missouri lawmakers removed a barrier to the creation of a Hyperloop test facility in St. Louis.

February 25, 2020, 9:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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"Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill that would make a Hyperloop test track eligible for state grants," reports Jacob Kirn.

The legislation was necessary to clear the "tube transportation system" as permissible under the state's rules for public-private partnerships. St. Louis is hoping to continue advancing in a competition to "land a 12- to 15-mile test track and research center," according to Kirn. The city has already advance to the second round. Three to five cities are expected to advance to the third round.

Joseph Henry Enterprises LLC, the Economic Development Alliance, Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis Development Corp., and others are spearheading the effort to land the facility in St. Louis," according to an earlier article by Kirn.

Missouri assembled a task force to better compete for Hyperloop opportunities in March 2019.

An article by the Associated Press broke the news about the legislation.

[Editor's note: The archive of Hyperloop coverage on Planetizen is full of skepticism about the viability of the technology.]

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