The necessary ingredients to enabling a successful launch of something as transformative as the hyperloop, and sustaining its growth for years to come, includes having a foundation of the best and the brightest across the industry, academia, and all levels of government. The Great Lakes region is fortunate to have an abundance of relevant stakeholders from all of these disciplines. 


The visionaries that have come before are the inspiration for this present-day Great Lakes Hyperloop Consortium -- entities bound together with a common purpose of supporting the advancement of a new mode of transportation in the birthplace of aviation.

Great Lakes Hyperloop Consortium Members

Additive Engineering Services

  • Revolutionizing traditional manufacturing with large scale 3D printing, tooling and molds

America Makes

  • National center for additive manufacturing technologies which increase domestic competitiveness


Argonne National Laboratory

  • A multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, born out of the University of Chicago’s work on the Manhattan Project

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  • Experienced entrepreneurs and experts committed to helping bioscience innovators grow their companies

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Case Western Reserve University

  • Asking and discovering how to solve the biggest issues of today and tomorrow

City of Akron

  • Provider of a potential right-of-way from Cleveland to Akron via historic electric transit route

Cleveland State University

  • Providing excellent education and student engagement in the arts, sciences, humanities and research



  • Worldwide power management company made up of 96,000 employees doing business in 175 countries

Eureka Ranch

  • Helps increase innovation speed and decrease risk, igniting revolutionary ideas within organizations

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Expo 2027

  • A public-private partnership producing a World's Fair called "Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All"

The Gateway Group

  • Professional services consulting firm developing collaboration between the public and private sector

Greater Akron Chamber

  • Membership organization connecting innovators to create regional economic development


Great Lakes Science Center

  • Museum and education facility, showcasing features focused on STEM, BioMedTech, energy and the NASA Glenn Visitor Center


Illinois Institue of Technology

  • Internationally recognized in distinctive areas of education and research, driven by a professional and technology-oriented focus

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Impossible Objects

  • Composite based additive manufacturing company specializing in faster and stronger 3D printing solutions

Jobs Ohio

  • Uses grant and loan programs to support business innovators and drive future job creation


Kent State University

  • A public research university in Kent, Ohio. It also includes seven regional campuses in Northeast Ohio and additional facilities in the region and internationally

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Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

  • Wisconsin’s only four-year, private college of visual art and design, and a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of 39 leading art schools in the United States and Canada


Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy

  • Supporting intellectual thought and political leadership, pioneering preeminent research and student learning

Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council

  • Economic development organization working with world renowned aerospace industry leaders

Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Technology Committee (OAATC)

  • Economic Development organization uniting leaders to define development initiatives

Ohio Aerospace Institute

  • World class institute with a broad network of stakeholders working to enable the Hyperloop

Ohio State University

  • 16th best public University in the United States with over 550,000 living alumni

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Parker Hannifin

  • Global leader in motion and control technologies, uniquely positioned to solve the world's greatest engineering challenges

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Team NEO

  • Northeast Ohio organization driving job creation, business innovation and connection

The University of Akron

  • Public research university focusing on polymers, advanced materials and engineering

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University of Akron Research Foundation

  • Supporting research for University of Akron on polymers, engineering and advanced materials

University of Cincinnati

  • Partnered with the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition Team - Hyperloop UC

University of Toledo

  • One of the most comprehensive public research universities in the nation, offering more than 230 degree programs in Toledo, OH

Parallax Advanced Research

  • Delivers high impact solutions for the public and private sector through research and education

ZIN Technologies

  • World leader in providing advanced engineering services for NASA, DoD, and private industry

Regional Stakeholders 


Cleveland Foundation

  • World's oldest, and one of the largest community foundation in the United States, serving the Greater Cleveland area

City of Gary, IN

  • The city of Gary is home to 80,000 people and is located 25 miles from Chicago, IL

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City of Sandusky

  • Sandusky is an Ohio city on the shores of Lake Erie known for its family attractions, including water, wildlife and amusement parks

City of Toledo

  • Toledo is the fourth largest city in Ohio located at the western tip of Lake Erie 


Destination Cleveland

  • Non-profit organization convention and visitor bureau for the Greater Cleveland area

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Erie County, Ohio

  • Located just West of Cleveland, Erie County is home to Sandusky, Ohio and notably the Cedar Point amusement park


Erie County Regional Planning Commission (ERPC)

  • A PA advisory board, comprised of representatives from each of the 7 County Council District, Erie County Township Association (ECATO), and the Erie County Association of Boroughs (ECAB)


Indiana Toll Road

  • Oversees the construction, maintenance, repair and operation of the Indiana Toll Road, spanning 157 miles in Northern Indiana


NEO Sustainable Communities Consortium

  • Developed to manage the three-year planning process for a $4.5 million federal grant for Northeast Ohio from the US D-HUD


O’HARE International Airport

  • World's sixth-busiest airport located on the Northwest Side of Chicago serving 83 million passengers in 2018 

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Ohio Rail Development Commission

  • Independent agency of the Ohio Department of Transportation and successor of the Ohio High Speed Rail Authority 


Toledo Lucas County Port Authority

  • Focused on transportation and development with the mission to move people and cargo throughout the region


University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Public research university, operating the largest medical school in the US with research expenditures exceeding $412 million

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Federal Aviation Administration

  • National authority regulating all civil aviation aspects including airports, air traffic, personnel, aircraft, and US assets during commercial space vehicle launch and re-entry


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • Charged with writing and enforcing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as well as regulations for motor vehicle theft resistance and fuel economy


Federal Highway Administration

  • Division of the United States Department of Transportation in charge of the country’s highway transportation systems


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

  • Agency in the United States Department of Transportation responsible for regulating the trucking industry

Federal Railroad Administration

  • Enabling the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future


Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Admin

  • Protecting people and the environment by advancing safe transportation of energy and hazardous materials essential to our daily lives


Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp

  • Government corporation to operating and maintaining the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie in cooperation with its Canadian counterpart


US Department of Transportation

  • Federal Agency ensuring the US has the safest, most efficient, and modern transportation system in the world


Federal Transit Administration

  • Agency within the United States Department of Transportation providing financial and technical assistance to local public transportation systems

Cleveland Technical Advisory Committee 


City of Brook Park, Ohio

  • Brook Park is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and a suburb of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland

  • Greater Cleveland is home to over 2 million people and provides a strategic position in the great lakes area

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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

  • A public airport located in Cleveland, Ohio, nine miles southwest of the downtown area and adjacent to the Glenn Research Center, one of NASA's ten major field centers

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County of Cuyahoga, Ohio

  • Bisected by the Cuyahoga River, this county is home to Cleveland, OH and is the second largest in the state with a population of over 1.2 million


Drive Ohio

  • An initiative within the Ohio Department of Transportation that aims to organize and accelerate smart vehicle and connected vehicle projects in the state


Eastgate Regional Council of Governments

  • Bringing Northeast Ohio communities together to create a unified voice in transportation, water, local infrastructure and more

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Erie County Regional Planning Commission 

  • Provides transportation, housing, community development and other resources for political jurisdictions within Erie County, Ohio

Lorain County, Ohio

  • County located in northeastern Ohio on Lake Erie, at the mouth of the Black River, about 30 miles west of Cleveland

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Ohio Department of Transportation

  • Administrative department of the Ohio state government responsible for transportation programs in the state


Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission

  • A 240-mile limited-access toll highway in Ohio, serving as a primary corridor, connecting Chicago and Pittsburgh 


Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments

  • Regional planning partnership working on transportation, water quality and economic development endeavors in Toledo, Ohio

Pittsburgh Technical Advisory Committee


Allegheny County

  • Located in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic states, it is a short distance from many of the world's busiest commercial centers, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Allegheny County Airport Authority

  • A municipal authority overseeing Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County airports with a strong lobbying and public interest voice at the state and federal level


Beaver County

  • Located in southwest Pennsylvania northwest of Pittsburgh bordering Ohio and the panhandle of West Virginia to the west 

Carnegie Mellon University

  • A global, private research university based in Pittsburgh whose Computer Science department is in class with MIT, Stanford and Cal Tech


City of Pittsburgh

  • Known as the “Steel City” this southwestern Pennsylvania city is the second largest in the State located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers


Lawrence County

  • Located between Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Erie, and makes up the entire New Castle, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

  • Overseeing transportation issues in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, supporting over 40,500 miles of roads and highways, about 25,000 bridges, and new roadway construction


Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

  • Operating the PA Turnpike, a controlled-access highway running 360 miles (580 km) across the state, and studying the effects a hyperloop system would have in the region


Pittsburgh Technology Council

  • One of the largest regional IT trade associations in the nation and the voice of Pittsburgh’s thriving technology industry


Port Authority of Allegheny County 

  • As the second-largest public transit agency in the state this county-owned, state-funded agency is based in Pittsburgh operating bus, light rail and a funicular system 


Port of Pittsburgh Commission

  • Spanning 12 counties, promoting the commercial use and development of 200 miles of waterways in southwestern Pennsylvania


Richard King Mellon Foundation

  • Pittsburgh’s largest philanthropy investing in southwestern PA’s future and the protection, preservation and restoration of America’s environmental heritage 


Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

  • Regional planning agency (MPO) serving the 10-county Southwestern Pennsylvania region including Pittsburgh


Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

  • Economic development agency committed to creating jobs and expanding the City’s tax-base by assembling, preparing, and conveying sites for major mixed-use developments

Chicago Technical Advisory Committee


Amtrak Trains

  • Daily departures out of the historic Union Station between Chicago and key cities in the five-state area including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin


BNSF Railway

  • BNSF operates one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, with 32,500 miles of rail across the western two-thirds of the United States


Canadian National Railway

  • Only transcontinental rail network in North America connecting to three coasts and controlling more than 19,000 miles of track in Canada and the United States


Canadian Pacific Railway

  • CP offers transportation services and supply chain expertise with access to eight major ports and key markets across North America


Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning

  • Award-winning regional planning organization for Northeastern Illinois, including Chicago and other surrounding counties


Chicago Transit Authority

  • Operator of mass transit in Chicago, Illinois and some of its surrounding suburbs, including the trains of the Chicago "L" and CTA bus service

City of Chicago, Illinois

  • Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States

Cook County, Illinois

  • Seated in Chicago, more than 40% of all residents of Illinois live in Cook County, the second-most populous county in the US after Los Angeles County, California


The County of Dupage, Illinois

  • One of the collar counties of the Chicago metropolitan area and the second-most populous county in the state of Illinois

CSX Transportation

  • Leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America connecting to more than 240 short line and regional railroads


Illinois Department of Transportation

  • Administrative department of the Illinois state government responsible for transportation programs in the state


Illinois Tollway

  • Known as the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, an administrative agency charged with building, operating, and maintaining toll roads in the state


Indiana Department of Transportation

  • Administrative department of the Indiana state government responsible for transportation programs in the state



  • Commuter railroad in the Chicago metropolitan area operating 242 stations on 11 different rail lines


Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Com

  • Fifty-three member cooperative of local governments and the designated MPO for the urbanized areas of Northwest Indiana

Pace Suburban Bus

  • Pace Suburban Bus Service of the RTA is the local public transportation agency for the Chicago area suburbs in Illinois

Regional Transportation Authority Chicago

  • Charged with financial oversight, funding, and regional transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace Suburban Bus and Pace ADA Paratransit

Union Pacific Railroad

  • Second largest freight-hauling railroad operating 8,500 locomotives over 32,100 route-miles in 23 US states west of Chicago and New Orleans

Urban Transportation Center at UIC

  • Located at the University of Illinois Chicago and dedicated to conducting research, inspiring education and providing technical assistance on planning, policy, operations and management