The demand for transportation of both passengers and cargo is expected to triple by 2050 as a result of global urbanization, economic growth, and population growth (1). At the same time, this growth in demand for transportation is antithetical to transportation becoming more sustainable. We need smarter, more environmentally friendly, and more flexible transport that meets the needs of modern travelers and transporters.
Hyperloop, with its relatively low implementation and operating costs, zero emissions, easy integration into the environment, short transport times, and high transport capacity, ticks all the boxes for future-proof transportation infrastructure.
It is important that, while the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak are being experienced, investments are made in knowledge development and innovative technologies that create economic opportunities from societal challenges.
The program originated from dialogues between an initial group of industry partners involved in early hyperloop developments and the Dutch ministries of Economic Affairs & Climate and Infrastructure & Water management. This leads to the willingness of public and private parties to jointly invest in the development of hyperloop integrally in an open ecosystem.