High-Speed Travel: One Woman’s Plan To Bring The Hyperloop To SouthCoast

By George Austin
The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Hyperloop” is a new potential mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination. Passengers or cargo are loaded into a Hyperloop vehicle, or “pod,” and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube.

The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.

Want to have dinner in Washington, D.C., tonight but you’re home in Dartmouth and Westport? No problem. Just hop in the Hyperloop and you’ll be there in a half hour. After dinner, the trip back home will be just as quick.

Well, not yet.

Holly McNamara envisions a future where that kind of travel is not only possible, but commonplace.

The Somerset woman has been following a start-up company called Hyperloop One since it was founded in 2014. She met Shervin Pishevar, the co-founder and executive chairman of the company, at a conference and was taken by his innovative and energetic approach to life. She also closely follows entrepreneur Elon Musk, who she said is the brainchild of Hyperloop One.

So when she learned of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, which allowed the public to submit location proposals for what could be revolutionary mode of transportation, she decided to enter.

She hired John Myron, a 2016 Somerset Berkley Regional High School graduate, to be a part of a local Hyperloop team. Their plan proposes a corridor for the Hyperloop that would stretch from Boston to Somerset, then branch down the East Coast.

The plan is no pipe dream. Out of 2,600 submissions, the Somerset proposal was named one of 35 semifinalists.

“I’ve obviously been very passionate about Somerset and the surrounding area,” McNamara said. “We were born and bred a power-generating town and a distribution area. I’m very passionate about rejuvenating Somerset and these surrounding towns and I think Hyperloop will do just that.”

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