State to begin study of hyperloop technology, potential Pittsburgh-to-Philadelphia route

Add Pennsylvania to the list of places reviewing whether to consider a hyperloop system and the effect such systems might have on existing modes of transportation.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission this week approved a four-year contract worth up to $2 million for consultant AECOM to review the potential for a hyperloop system that would extend across the state. The turnpike and the state Department of Transportation, which is part of the advisory group working with the consultant, were ordered to do such a study in a resolution approved last fall by the state House…

It is important for the state to stay abreast of new transportation modes, Robert Taylor, the turnpike’s chief technology officer, said Friday. “This is a technology that can change us as a state, change us as a region,” Mr. Taylor said.