West Virginia Site Chosen For High-Speed Travel Facility

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Virgin Hyperloop One will build a certification center in West Virginia to test the high-speed transportation concept that uses enclosed pods to zip passengers underground at over 600 mph.

In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Richard Branson appears at a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Los Angeles.
FILE – Virgin’s Richard Branson in a Oct. 16, 2018 file photo. [Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision | AP File]
The company had received bids from 17 states over the past year to build a 6-mile testing track and other facilities over hundreds of acres.

Hyperloop technology hopes to one day provide clean-energy fast travel across the country.

Virgin is studying building a route that would link Chicago and Pittsburgh in under an hour.

Certification for commercial travel is still expected to be years away.