Plans to build Elon Musk's futuristic, insanely-fast transportation system are picking up some serious speed.
First revealed by the Tesla CEO in 2013, the seemingly-fantastical Hyperloop train could someday transport people and cargo between cities as fast as 700mph through pressurized tubes -- like freaking high speed hamsters. Now, a company among the several startups that set out to collaborate on the project is gaining ground on making the Hyperloop a reality, according to a report by CNN Money.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced Thursday that it has brought on over 400 experts and industry professionals as team members, who will work on the project part-time in exchange for stock options, according to the report. Additionally, the company said it has added new partners, such as Oerlikon, AECOM, and Hodgetts & Fung, which will contribute to the project's technology and infrastructure. Already, the Hyperloop collaboration has drawn talent from NASA, Boeing, Tesla, Airbus, and SpaceX, according to HTT. In other words, shit is getting real.
Earlier this year, the company said it plans to break ground on a full-scale Hyperloop test track in Quay Valley, California next spring.
"Our team continues to grow and, along with these new alliances, is representative of the collaborative spirit of HTT and are key to our success in breaking ground in 2016," said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT, in a press release.
This is all to say that traveling between major cities -- in a fraction of the time it takes now -- is slightly less far off. So, um, hell yes.
Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and can't help but think of bank drive-thru tubes every time the Hyperloop comes up. Send news tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.