Transport Minister advocates considering Hyperloop project for Arctic transport system development
Russian Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov recommends considering such projects like Hyperloop for the development of the transport system in the Arctic, TASS reports. Speaking at, The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue, international forum, the minister said that such a project would change the world's transport system in the medium term.
"I am confident that we will radically change our concept of transportation in the near future. Today we slightly touched on unmanned transportation but in fact we are seeing the emergence of new kinds of transportation and transport systems. Thinking outside today's discussion, perhaps a Hyperloop-like project could change the concept for developing the Northern Sea Route or railway system, with access to the seaports if such projects were financed and realized," Mr. Sokolov said.
According to Sokolov, under these conditions, it is a government responsibility to have a strategy and program to develop its territories and to work with both the private and public sectors. "And in Russia, as I see it, we are taking this approach," the minister said.
The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue international forum is being held in Arkhangelsk on March 29-30, 2017. The theme for 2017 is Man in the Arctic. The forum is to bring together international organizations, government bodies, and science and business communities from Russia and abroad to coordinate approaches to international cooperation, consolidate efforts to ensure the stable development of the Arctic, and raising the living standards of the population in the Arctic territories.
Attending the forum are Russian President Vladimir Putin and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.