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Show-Me State races to land Hyperloop test track

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Missouri officials are positioning the state to land a Hyperloop test track.

Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr's blue-ribbon panel on Monday released a 176-page proposal weighing the pros and cons of the track. The report indicated private investment must be included for the project that could cost more than $10 billion.

“You won’t see another state in the country where the speaker of the house, the lieutenant governor, the director of the department of transportation, the department of economic development director and a bunch of legislators sit in a room for six months along with business leaders to figure out how to get a project going,” said Andrew Smith, the panel's vice chairman. “...We’ve done the work.”

Virgin Hyperloop One is expected to soon seek states to test a lengthier track. The Missouri proposal calls on a Hyperloop between Kansas City and St. Louis.

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