Seattle to Portland in 20 Minutes (Pacific Hyperloop)
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Hi! We’re Pacific Hyperloop.
Pacific Hyperloop was selected from a pool of over 2,600 applicants worldwide as 1 of 35 semi-finalists in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. On April 5th, we are presenting to an international panel of judges in Washington D.C. to prove the viability of our proposed Hyperloop route: Seattle to Portland. We are developing a comprehensive commercial, transport, economic, and policy case for our region to be considered to host the first Hyperloop network!
We are currently competing against teams from India, China, and Europe, to name a few, and we need your support.
So, what is Hyperloop? And how is this possible?
Hyperloop uses a custom electric motor to accelerate and decelerate a magnetically levitated pod through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle will glide silently for miles with no turbulence, at an estimated speed of 760 miles per hour. Sounds crazy doesn’t it!? Well, it's happening faster than you think. Hyperloop One plans to run full-scale tests midway through this year in Nevada and has already been developing routes in five different countries. Their goal is to move cargo by 2020 and passengers by 2021.
Implementing Hyperloop technology and infrastructure would enable the transportation of people and cargo at speeds faster than commercial airplanes without having to leave the ground and at a fraction of the cost. This technology truly has the potential to revolutionize the entire transport sector by eliminating the barrier of distance and time.
Why Seattle & Portland?
Our cities have long been known for their progressive policies and corporate innovation. We’re home to companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Expedia, Starbucks, Nike, and Amazon, as well as innovative organizations such as the Northwest Seaport Alliance, Washington Technology Industry Association, and the Technology Alliance. We have a booming tech industry and a forward-thinking government that is known for pushing the envelope. Hyperloop makes sense in the Pacific Northwest.
So, what does this mean for everyone living in Seattle & Portland?
Making a trip from Seattle to Portland in just 15 minutes means exponentially more freedom in where you work, live, and play. Working in Downtown Seattle and living in a Portland suburb would become reality with a 20-minute commute one-way. Less time commuting means more time with friends, family, and doing what you love; cutting a 30-minute one-way commute in half translates to 7200 minutes saved annually. What would you do with an extra 100+ hours per year? The possibilities are endless.
Seattle and Portland are known for having some of the worst traffic in America (#4 and #7 respectively). Implementing Hyperloop would not only alleviate traffic on highways for others but also create a consistent and reliable commuting experience that would not be affected by factors like car accidents or crazy weather. You know what to expect every time you take a ride with Hyperloop. Imagine being able to reclaim your time to do whatever you want. Imagine being able to live at a much more inexpensive and nicer place without having to leave everything else behind. Imagine what traveling to Seattle and Portland in 20 minutes would do for your life.
Ok, so how can I help?
Your signature is a testament to the innovative and forward-thinking culture we embody and are known for in the Pacific Northwest. This petition will be passed along to stakeholders responsible for moving Hyperloop forward and your voice is absolutely essential; we cannot do this without you!
What happens next?
Moving forward in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge means unprecedented economic growth, regional innovation, and the Pacific Northwest at the global forefront of breakthrough technology for decades to come. Passing on this opportunity would put us at a disadvantage as other regions advance and implement hyperloop first, ultimately beating us to the future of transportation.
Support us and the future of transportation in the Northwest with your signature!
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