A plan to connect Tampa and Orlando using a high-speed tube system could soon be in the works.
Hyperloop is a form of ground transportation currently in development by several companies. Passengers would travel in a pod through a low-pressure tube at speeds up to 700 miles an hour.
“It wouldn’t hurt to see such an advanced technology come here, come to Florida,” said driver Coby Flagler of Lakeland.
The executive director of MetroPlan, the regional transportation planning group in Orlando, plans to attend a meeting in Tampa next month to discuss possibilities, according to a MetroPlan spokeswoman.
Harry Barley and several other regional leaders will meet June 6 at an unknown location.
Right now, it’s “all very exploratory, all very exciting,” the spokeswoman said.
She stressed that the Hylerloop system is merely an idea at this point and plans haven’t been solidified.
“It really could take us to that next level,” said Chuck Barmby, Transportation and Development Review Manager for the City of Lakeland.
Barmby thinks the idea is needed and would help with the area’s traffic woes.
“The interstate system. The transcontinental railroad. I hear that these were all things that were big ideas and that’s what we really need to think about to take our system forward,” he said.
Leaders from California-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies are expected to try to convince local leaders why Hyperloop should appear on the drawing board.
“My best guess would be that the likelihood of that occurring is probably a little premature, but it’s good people are talking about mobility options,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.