This will be crucial, especially to make the business case to investors and the safety one to regulators, which is the next big hurdle. Thankfully, Virgin Hyperloop has found sympathetic ears in Washington, and the DoT has already added policies that make future projects potentially eligible for federal funding.
As part of this facility, there will be a six mile test track built in the surrounding area which can be used to finalize testing. It’s not clear for now if it will form an actual service in future, but the company has confirmed that people will ride this route as part of testing. Construction will have to begin pretty quick to meet the company’s ambitious goals of getting regulatory approval for its route by 2025, and passenger services by 2030.