Hyperloop Transportation Technologies: Company Begins Construction Process of First Full-Scale Passenger System in California
Playa Vista, Calif. — PRNewswire — Jan. 21, 2016 — JumpStartFund's Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. (HTT) announced the filing of construction permits with Kings County to kick off construction activities in Quay Valley.
Quay Valley is located on 7,500 acres directly between Los Angeles and San Francisco along California's famous Interstate 5 Freeway. A sustainable model town for the 21st century, Quay Valley is the first urban center to be built with special attention paid to the highest levels of green design standards and resource conservation.
It will be a 100 percent solar-powered, self-sustaining residential community of 25,000 homes that incorporates cutting-edge technology into a retail, education, entertainment, and hospitality infrastructure, generates thousands of jobs, and strengthens the Central Valley's economy — all while protecting the natural resources and beauty of the land.
On-site preparation activities will commence in the coming weeks with principle construction beginning by the end of 2nd quarter 2016. HTT is in the selection process after an overwhelming response to a Request For Interest (RFI) sent to more than 80 companies for the first full-scale passenger-ready Hyperloop installation.
"After over two and a half years of research and development, our team has reached another important milestone. This will be the world's first passenger-ready Hyperloop system," said HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn. "Everyone traveling on California's I-5 in 2016 will be able to see our activities from the freeway."
The on-site preparation includes a geotechnical investigation to determine the placement of pylons which support the tube. Soil samples will be taken by boring into the earth.
Once the ground survey is complete, Hyperloop will immediately perform mapping procedures with drone technology to mark the corridor, pylon positions, and station location. The mapping is needed to calculate both the horizontal and vertical alignments required as part of the building permit.
Leading up to the ground breaking in the second quarter of 2016, HTT will be interviewing contractors to construct the pylons, tubes, capsules, and stations for the Quay Valley Track. First optimizations of the completed Hyperloop system are expected by 2017 with a full opening to the public by 2018.
Founded in 2013 by JumpStarter Inc. using JumpStarter's crowdfunding and crowd collaboration platform JumpStartFund, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. (HTT) designs, manufactures, and builds transportation systems for passengers and goods. HTT leverages technology and a 480-plus team of global experts to bring disruptive innovation to the traditional transportation industry.
It first gained public interest when entrepreneur Elon Musk published a detailed white paper describing a futuristic mode of transport that would transport folks from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes. Musk handed the concept to the public, asking for entrepreneurs to take over its development while he focused on his existing projects. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies took the challenge.
Hyperloop is a tube-based transportation system for inter- and intra-city transport. The removal of air in a tube allows for the passage of pods at high speeds. The system maintains passenger comfort while accelerating the pod safely to 760 mph.