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Hyperloop: Elon Musk taps major construction company to build his own test track

by Jacob Kleinman | January 27, 2016January 27, 2016 3:40 pm PDT

Hyperloop test tracks are already set to open in the near future thanks to a pair of competing companies racing to make the dream of 760 mph transportation a reality. Now Elon Musk, who first proposed the idea back in 2013, is moving forward with plans to build his own track as well.

Global construction and infrastructure giant AECOM announced plans to build a test track for Musk on Tuesday. The track will serve as part of an upcoming SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, where teams of University students will attempt to build their own Hyperloop vehicles.

“AECOM has designed and built some of the world’s most impressive transportation systems, so we appreciate how the development of a functioning Hyperloop with SpaceX can dramatically expand the ways people move across cities, countries and continents,” said CEO and chairman Michael S. Burke. The company also previously worked on the Barclay’s Center arena in Brooklyn, the China National Convention Center and One World Trade Center.

The mile-long track will be located right next to SpaceX headquarters in California. It will consist of a six-foot vacuum-sealed steel tube with a non-magnetic sub-track. Construction is set to being this spring ahead of the competition.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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