- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

DENVER (AP) - Three Colorado proposals are among 11 finalists in the United States competing in a private company’s challenge to move passengers at speeds of 700 mph using a pod and tube system.

The Denver Post reports (https://goo.gl/T9uVSB ) Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One announced the finalists Thursday. They join two dozen proposals outside of the U.S. and were picked from more than 2,000 worldwide.

A 360-mile route would connect Denver International Airport to Pueblo, Vail and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Another Colorado proposal includes a 242-mile route that would connect Wyoming to Pueblo, and the third proposal would run 1,152 miles between Cheyenne and Houston.

The idea is that pods would be lifted above a track using magnetic levitation and then would glide at airline speeds due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag in the tube.

Hyperloop One plans to pick three winners.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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