It looks unlikely that the world's first hyperloop test track will be built in Kings County. Image via Hyperloop Technologies
Written by John Lindt
More than two years ago Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced a formal agreement with the developers of Quay Valley, a new town planned for Kings County, to develop an installation of the Hyperloop along a five-mile stretch of the town running alongside Interstate 5.
Officials said construction would begin in 2016 to bring the first working passenger-ready Hyperloop in an urban area.
So what’s happening today? In a word, never mind.
The company CEO recently told CNBC news plans are now focusing on multiple proposals around the world to build a test track, including in Indonesia, where the government has offered a contract for $2.5 million. In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates has made offers.
Last month Hyperloop’s CEO Dirk Ahlborn told CNBC at a conference in Singapore that the first track will unlikely be in Quay Valley. “(It) is a commercial project that makes sense when the city is there. Until they start construction, it doesn’t make sense for us to start there,” Ahlborn said, adding it made more sense for HTT, which is largely privately backed, to focus efforts in markets where “governments actually pay us.”
Kings County planner Sandy Roper says HTT has not yet responded to requests to update environmental documents since March. As for the even more ambitious Quay Valley project itself, consultants for the company continue to work on their environmental documents with any public hearing months away — at best.