Three years ago, Arrivo splintered off from Hyperloop One. The startup emerged from a cloud of litigation, tried a strategic pivot, and then crashed. Now, tech news publication Wired has published an article detailing the defunct company's attempted influence in the state of Colorado. The headline: "How Arrivo Got Colorado to Back a Wild-Eyed Highway Scheme"
The company spoke to congestion woes felt in Colorado and, frankly, throughout the country. They promised "the end of traffic" and a solution that was "inspired by the hyperloop concept." The Colorado Department of Transportation believed that the construction of a proof-of-concept test track would mean jobs for the state.
The unraveling of this proposed collaboration, and the company itself, could impact the credibility of future mobility proposals and partnerships, according to Wired. But all hope is not lost. CDOT's RoadX program is still pursuing a partnership with Virgin Hyperloop One.
The mountainous state has long considered making dramatic improvements to its transportation infrastructure. According to a CDOT and Federal Transit Administration report dating back to 2004, a maglev system could have relieved growing congestion along the I-70 corridor, but not without significant cost. The report stated, "The cost for a new transit-only bore for a maglev system or other transit systems at the EJMT is projected by the CDOT PEIS consultant team to be approximately $333,500,000, while the cost for a dual use tunnel is approximately $377,500,000."
Now, the state could potentially become home to a hyperloop — not a hyperloop-inspired concept.
Full Wired article here: https://www.wired.com/story/arrivo-colorado-brogan-bambrogan-hyperloop-concept/
Meanwhile, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has revealed images of its new full-scale test track in Toulouse, France (below).