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NOACA PRESS RELEASE: Hyperloop funding approved

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci announce approval of hyperloop funding by the U.S. House of Representatives

Post Date:06/27/2019 12:10 PM

CLEVELAND (Thursday, June 27, 2019) – The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s (NOACA) proposed Great Lakes Hyperloop System is poised for future federal funding now that a recently passed appropriations bill will allow new transportation modes, such as hyperloop, to gain regulatory guidance and oversight. The system, which is under feasibility study, is in the forefront of innovative mobility to advance safe, reliable, and equitable transportation services in Ohio and throughout the Midwest.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved funding to create a regulatory framework for hyperloop projects within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, approved this week by the U.S. House of Representatives, provides $5 million for the U.S. DOT’s Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council to identify regulatory gaps and develop a safety and environmental protocol for hyperloop projects.  The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate.

NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci stated, “I’m pleased that the House-passed Transportation Appropriations bill includes funding to move NOACA’s Great Lakes Hyperloop project forward. This shows that Congress recognizes the role that hyperloop will play in the nation’s future transportation system. These funds will help NOACA and its partners make high-speed transportation between regions a transformative reality, starting with Cleveland to Chicago.”

“I especially want to thank Representative Marcy Kaptur,” continued Gallucci, “for her longstanding commitment to innovative transportation solutions and, specifically, to this cutting-edge transportation project that will eventually connect the Great Lakes mega-region.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) stated, "I am pleased to see dedicated funding for the Department of Transportation to streamline implementation of Hyperloop projects in the FY 2020 THUD Appropriations bill. This represents a vital step in moving this important project forward. Bringing hyperloop to our region would bolster economic growth, create jobs, strengthen Ohioan's ability to travel across the region quickly and efficiently, and improve the daily lives of millions of Americans. I am honored to support this project."

NOACA has partnered with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) to conduct a $1.2 million feasibility study for developing a hyperloop corridor route from Cleveland to Chicago. The study was funded by NOACA, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, and The Cleveland Foundation. The feasibility study is expected to be completed by fall 2019.

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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.

Media Contact: Danielle Render, Director of External Engagement & Public Affairs,

216-241-2414, ext. 253, or drender@mpo.noaca.org

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