Dirk Ahlborn

Asia Pacific Rail 2016 Event highlights: The Hyperloop Future with Dirk Ahlborn, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

The first trials of the Hyperloop have started. Did you managed catch Dirk in his keynote slot at Asia Pacific Rail 2016?

Here’s a snippet of our interview with him at the show:

How’s your California project shaping up?

We filed the building permits in the beginning of the year and the land surveying and mapping and depending on the county, we will be breaking down in the middle of the year.

Recently, you were featured in the news regarding a European Hyperloop, could you share more.

We signed an agreement with Slovakia and now the next step is to determine the perfect location for the first local system with vision to connect Bratislava to Vienna and Bratislava to Budapest. The timelines will be based on government as it is a partnership with the local government and so there will be steps to take.

What are the prospects for Hyperloop in Asia?

Asia is one of our prime markets. While it has the most problems in terms of traffic, it also has some of the most advanced countries, so it’s one of our prime markets. We talk to a lot of stakeholders and the discussions are ongoing.

When do you think we’ll see the first operating Hyperloop project?

Quay Valley is supposed to be open by the end of 2018 – start of 2019 and for Slovakia, we’re targeting 2020.

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