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Some land along proposed Missouri Hyperloop route is private property, report says

Posted at 7:43 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 21:04:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Reality is setting in as new details surface about the proposed Missouri Hyperloop between Kansas City and Saint Louis.

Many are praising the project for its potential to transform high-speed travel. However, some property owners along the proposed route could be concerned about information in a newly released study.

A feasibility report released Wednesday is based on a Hyperloop study conducted last year between February and October.

The study revealed that while most of the land along the proposed route is public right-of-way, some of the land is private property. Because of this, state and federal authorities might have to step in to secure those property rights.

The report also listed the proposed portal locations for Kansas City, where people would get on the Hyperloop. One location would be along Interstates 70 and 435, near the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex, with another location along the Missouri riverfront north of downtown Kansas City.

According to the report, construction and operation of the proposed Hyperloop could have both beneficial and negative impacts to the environment.

The proposed Virgin Hyperloop One would use pods to transport people and packages in the Hyperloop between Kansas City and Saint Louis in around 30 minutes. The route would also have a third stop in Columbia.

The estimated cost of the project is between $7 billion and $10 billion.

A Missouri panel studying the potential Hyperloop route met in Kansas City this week.