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Hyperloop technology has become one of the primary areas of interest for the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy. As quoted in the February 12, 2020 edition of Smart Cities Dive, “How hyperloop could stand apart from existing transit modes”, CPIP Academic Director Rick Geddes observed, “My excitement about the hyperloop really stems from the fact that I view it as a new mode of transportation. And transportation, if you stop and think about it, has not really had a new mode since the Wright brothers in 1904.”

Cornell Hyperloop

Cornell Hyperloop is an Engineering Student Project Team which was created to contribute to the development of Hyperloop technology. Specifically, the team is working to revolutionize transportation by developing a Hyperloop pod from conceptualization. The team’s goal is to participate in SpaceX’s annual Hyperloop competition. Dr. Richard Geddes is Faculty Co-Advisor, along with Dr. Zhiting Tian, from Cornell’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Hyperloop Advanced Research Project (HARP)

In 2017, Professor Geddes and other academics formed the Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) to act as a clearinghouse of Hyperloop public domain reports and data. Dr. Geddes remains on the Board of Trustees for the partnership.

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In December, 2020, HARP launched its first book, “Hyperloop – The Future of High Speed”.  Dr. Geddes wrote Chapter 6: “The Funding and Financing of a Hyperloop Network”.  Copies are being sold via Amazon and can be found here.











CPIP in the Media on Hyperloop:

Hyperloop momentum has stalled. Here are the challenges facing the high-speed tech. By Kalena Thomhave, Smart Cities Dive

“Branson Beats Musk in Human Hyperloop Test”, Business Wars Daily Podcast, November 24, 2020,

Cuthbertson, Anthony, “Hyperloop: What is Elon Musk’s vision for vacuum tube transport – and will it really happen”, Independent, September 11, 2020,

Teale, Chris, “How hyperloop could stand apart from existing transit modes”, Smart Cities Dive, February 12, 2020, (

Oldcorn, Christopher, “Are Hyperloops Good Investment?”, Data Driven Investor, October 16, 2019,

Thomas, Mike, “Hyperloop: An Overview of the Futuristic Form of Transportation”, Built-In, September 19, 2019,

Gordon, Aaron, “’There’s No Such Thing As Cold, Hard Reality’: Meet The Hyperloop’s Truest Believers”, Jalopnik, September 9, 2019,

Geddes, Richard (video), “Finance and Funding Models for Hyperloop”, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, August 30, 2018,

Cuthbertson, Anthony, “Hyperloop: The 1,000 kph race to realize Elon Musk’s improbable dream heats up in the Middle East”, Independent, April 23, 2018,

“Is Hyperloop the Future of Transportation?”, American Enterprise Institute event, April 11, 2018,

“HYPERLOOP: The future, reality of high-speed tube travel discussed in NYC”, Inside CHE, Human Ecology, March 22, 2018,…-a0562690474.

IEEE Spectrum – The Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership is open for business
By Philip E. Ross, featuring R. Richard Geddes7 Dec 2017 | 14:00 GMT

“Here’s how Hyperloop tech will ‘transform’ transportation”, ANI Outlook, July 22, 2107,

Cornell Media Relations Office, “Here’s how Hyperloop technology will transform transportation”  Tip Sheets, July 21, 2017,

Kever, Jeannie, “Space Travel on Earth? Hyperloop Partnership Pursues Possibilities”, University of Houston, June 15, 2017,