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NOACA Board awards contract for Great Lakes Hyperloop Feasibility Study, approves $1.8M to help seniors and those with disabilities
Posted Date: 6/12/2018 9:00 AM
CLEVELAND (Tuesday, June 12, 2018) – The Board of Directors of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) has awarded a $550,029 contract to Transportation Economics & Management Systems, Inc. (TEMS) for the Great Lakes Hyperloop Feasibility Study

The study will evaluate the feasibility of an ultra-high speed Hyperloop passenger and freight transport system initially linking Cleveland and Chicago. NOACA has entered into a Public Private Partnership with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. (HTT, HyperloopTT) to complete the entire $1.2 million project.

“We are incredibly excited to begin this journey,” said NOACA Executive Director, Grace Gallucci. “Hyperloop has the potential to transform our region. This study will tell us if this new form of transportation is right for us – and how ultra-high-speed transport might ignite our economy.”

TEMS is based out of Frederick, MD and is a leader in operations planning, economic analysis, infrastructure management, systems development, and high speed ground transport. The study will begin on or around July 1 and be complete in 2019. 


NOACA’s portion of the study ($550,029) is funded through commitments from the Cleveland Foundation, ODOT, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, and NOACA.

For more information on the Great Lakes Hyperloop, visit or

Additionally, the NOACA Board also approved $1,787,130 in projects to serve older adults and individuals with disabilities.

As Northeast Ohio's population continues to age, the need for specialized transportation that serves older adults and individuals with disabilities is also increasing. The Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) Program helps communities and organizations purchase wheelchair lift-equipped vehicles, computers and dispatch software to serve the unique transport needs of special populations.

NOACA received 27 total requests amounting to nearly $4.2 million.  After a rigorous evaluation, 15 organizations (including transit authorities, municipalities, non-profits, for-profits, and social service agencies) were chosen to receive awards. 

For a complete list of awardees – or to submit an application for next year’s awards – please visit

All other items on the June 8 Board agenda were also approved by the Board. To see materials from the meeting, click here.
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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound.  NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio. To learn more about NOACA, visit

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