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Pueblo to host hyperloop testing facility

September 3, 2021
Swisspod capsule and tube rendering

A Swiss-American company will partner with Pueblo’s Transportation Technology Center to develop and build a hyperloop testing facility on southern Colorado’s PuebloPlex campus.

The construction of a full-scale hyperloop capsule at Swisspod’s second facility, as well as infrastructure for cargo transport, will follow the company’s first operational test track launch in Europe earlier this year.

“We selected TTCI for its remarkable track record of leadership and success in the testing, development, and deployment of emerging transportation technologies,” said Denis Tudor, co-founder and CEO of Swisspod. “This new partnership will be vital to our market positioning, not only as pioneers of a highly efficient propulsion system but also as one of the most affordable Hyperloop infrastructure propositions in the world.”

Hyperloop is an ultra-high-speed ground transportation system for passenger and cargo. Hyperloop’s sealed tubes and pressurized vehicles, called pods, move at very high speeds, dramatically reducing point-to-point destinations travel time with minimal environmental impact.

“Our partnership with Swisspod is the first of many opportunities to extend our legacy as leaders in transportation research,” said Kari Gonzales, acting CEO, TTCI.

Earlier this year, TTCI announced a new partnership with the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) that will enhance its role as a leading transportation research, testing and training facility.

At this new facility, Swisspod will test and validate innovative technology patents underpinning its unique propulsion system and build a full-scale capsule and operational infrastructure for cargo transportation in collaboration with its trusted research partner, TTCI — a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads established to support the development and deployment of innovative technologies to increase the safety, reliability and efficiency of the railroad industry.

PuebloPlex aerial overview
PuebloPlex aerial overview (courtesy images)

PuebloPlex is the redevelopment authority for the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot. Charged with facilitating the reuse of millions of square feet of buildings and over 23,000 acres of land, PuebloPlex offers the space and infrastructure to incubate and expand new and established companies. PuebloPlex hosts manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations, and transportation industry opportunities.

“This is a very exciting moment for PuebloPlex and our community. Being able to leverage our vast and unique resources to the advantage of TTCI and their partnership with Swisspod is a significant step forward in the implementation of the PuebloPlex redevelopment plan,” said Russell DeSalvo, president and CEO, PuebloPlex. “Pueblo has long been home to transportation research. The addition of the Swisspod Hyperloop testing facility truly marks the beginning of a new frontier.”

“Pueblo and Southern Colorado have long been home to the foremost rail research in the nation. The partnership with Swisspod extends that legacy and solidifies our place as transportation innovators. Maintaining our thriving, future-forward research base is a top priority that pays countless dividends across our community,” said Jeff Shaw, CEO, PEDCO.

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