Virgin Hyperloop picks WV for developing its high-speed travel system

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The Mountain State set course Thursday to become the hyperloop state when Virgin Hyperloop announced that a portion of northeast West Virginia will be the location of a testing and certification center for the high-speed transportation system.The $500 million Hyperloop Certification Center will be constructed on nearly 800 acres of land in Grant and Tucker counties, an area selected, in part, because of its topography and proximity to large population centers in the Eastern United States, said Mike Schneider, vice president for project development at Virgin Hyperloop.Construction on the certification center is set to begin in 2021 and is expected to establish thousands of jobs through its initial construction.The center will serve as a construction testing hub for hyperloop pod vehicles and, later, a training ground for conductors and operators when Virgin Hyperloop is ready to offer commercial hyperloop travel in the United States.Virgin Hyperloop officials said they plan to have hyperloop travel available in the United States beginning in 2030.“I am particularly excited to work in partnership with the people of West Virginia,” said Jay Walder, chief executive officer of Virgin Hyperloop. “Admittedly, I’ve learned a lot through this process about West Virginia that I just didn’ …

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