'A Jetsonian Concept:' Is Talk of Detroit-Toledo High-Speed Rail Realistic?
March 5th, 2018, 8:03 AM
Any time there's talk of a grand, high-speed commuter train in this area you have to take it with a grain of salt.
Kirk Pinho of Crain's Detroit Business reports with a reality check:
The Michigan Department of Transportation has been asked to fund a feasibility study for a new high-speed train system that would link Detroit to Toledo and then the western border of Indiana near Chicago.
The request is revealed in emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Crain's that show MDOT officials corresponding with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a California-based organization looking to create an interconnected transit system across the country that would travel at speeds up to 760 mph.
At least one call between MDOT and Hyperloop has taken place in just the last couple weeks.
But how realistic is such a Jetsonian concept? At least in the near-term, not very, in spite of some baby steps forward in recent months.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. describes itself as "as an innovative transportation and technology company focused on realizing the Hyperloop, a system that moves people and goods at unprecedented speeds safely, efficiently, and sustainably."