Virgin Hyperloop has announced that it will build a new Certification Center for an 800-acre site in West Virginia. Designed to test the company's futuristic transport system, the center will serve as a location for developing and validating the use of hyperloop technology. Coming with a $500 million price tag, the project will expand upon Virgin Hyperloop's current testing efforts in the desert north of Las Vegas. This summer, the federal government laid out a framework for regulating the hyperloop, a move that helps further ground next steps for evolving current transportation systems across the country. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group that acquired Hyperloop One in 2017, noted that, "The Hyperloop Certification Center is the start of the hyperloop journey for West Virginia, for the United States, and for the world. We’re one step closer to making hyperloop travel a reality for people everywhere."
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