Back in September, a team working on developing a hyperloop for Mexico following a Mexico City-Guadalajara route was declared one of the 10 winners of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. Their proposal has since been dubbed the Mexloop, and it is now a collaboration between Mexican studio FR-EE and engineering firms Arup and Sener.
The Mexloop will cut the six-hour trip from Mexico City to Guadalajara down to just 45 minutes, with stations built near airports and rail freight hubs, as well as metro and commuter rail stations. The Mexloop will pass through Querétaro and León to maximize existing transport infrastructure.
“A Hyperloop portal connected to the city’s light rail and transit line could shift more travelers to environmentally friendlier options and strengthen the city’s transit-oriented development strategy,” Hyperloop One research analyst Darryle Ulama wrote in a blog post. “Linking Mexico’s two powerhouse urban economies would also result in transformative social and economic impact for the entire central region.”
If everything goes according to plan, the Mexloop team and Hyperloop One hopes their system will have serviced 68 million people by 2020.
Hyperloop One recently received $85 million in funding to bring their plans, including the Mexloop, to fruition. However, they’re just one of several startups currently working on developing these futuristic pods that were first brought to the world’s attention by SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk in 2012.
Musk himself is now working on a hyperloop system that would be paired with his tunnel-digging venture, the Boring Company. Meanwhile, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is in talks to bring the futuristic transport system to India.