Now that we've entered 2020, talk of futuristic travel is more frequent than ever. For the Midwest, a high-speed train in Missouri is even closer to not only being talked about but becoming a reality for those traveling from St. Louis to Kansas City and vice versa. Due to the novel coronavirus, however, it may be some time before locals are able to see the high-speed train in action.
A proposed high-speed train in Missouri with plans to take you from St. Louis to Kansas City in under an hour has been shelved for the time being.
During a debate on Wednesday, the Senate sponsor of the plan put a halt on any further steps on getting the high-speed train up and running.
According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "The proposal would allow tube transport systems like the hyperloop to qualify for funding under a state program for public-private partnerships."
With Missouri still figuring out how to handle the many repercussions of COVID-19, this proposal is probably the last thing on some city official's minds.
Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo even questioned others at the debate on Wednesday by asking, "Is this the best way to spend our time?"
Before the hyperloop project can be completed, a test track must first be built to ensure everyone's safety.
The cost of that could be anywhere from $300 million and $500 million.
The tube transport system is a pretty penny, that's for sure. However, the benefits of such high-speed travel would be incredible.
Regulations for mud flaps on trucks, special license plates, and the naming of roads for slain law enforcement officers were also discussed during the debate on Wednesday.
While Missourians are surely eager to take hyper looping for a spin, it could be some time before they're able to.
For now, locals will have to wait and see what happens with the hyperloop project in the Show-Me State.