Kaptur leads bipartisan letter to Trump urging support for Hyperloop initiative

January 23, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, led a bipartisan group of eight Midwestern lawmakers in a letter to President Donald Trump seeking support for the Hyperloop Transportation Initiative — a grant program to accelerate the development of this technology and the opportunities it could create for Ohio and other Midwest states.

From the letter:

“As you develop the fiscal year 2019 budget, we urge you to include $20 million for the Hyperloop Transportation Initiative — a grant program to accelerate the innovation, business growth and job creation that will be enabled by this revolutionary transportation system,” the Members wrote.

“We request your leadership in establishing the Hyperloop Transportation Initiative through the Department of Transportation. Specifically, this Initiative would work to help shape regulation and legislation; fund competitive grants for feasibility studies in centralized locations where there is the highest transportation demand; support research and development for universities and companies to develop various parts of the Hyperloop system; and connect stakeholders to ensure a smooth implementation of the Hyperloop alongside existing transportation systems,” the Members concluded.

The letter was signed by Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Bobby Rush (D-IL),  Gwen Moore (D-WI), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), and Mike Doyle (D-PA).

View the letter here: PDF iconBipartisan Hyperloop Letter 2018.pdf

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with partners that have vision and are at the forefront of this technology, such as members of the Northeast Ohio legislative delegation Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Congressman Bob Gibbs,” said Grace Gallucci, Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) – the metropolitan planning organization for greater Cleveland. At NOACA, we believe in investing in projects that promote mobility options and improve quality of life,” Gallucci continued. “As a new fifth mode of transportation, the Hyperloop has the potential to become truly transformative for our region and for the country!”