By Alex DeMetrick

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s billed as the high-speed travel system of the future, but just how far off is the Hyperloop?

Developers say they’re picking up speed, and Maryland hopes to go along for the ride.

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According to Gov. Larry Hogan, “we’re hoping it’s possible. It sounds pretty futuristic, but it looks like it may be real.”

It works by magnetically levitating a pod and sending it through a vacuum tube, eliminating friction and maximizing speed. Tests have moved speeds up from 125 miles per hour to over 200 mph, a fraction of what developer Elon Musk hopes to achieve in the first large-scale operation planned for the Northeast corridor.

A trip from Washington, D.C. to New York would take 29 minutes.

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“It’s going to change the way we live,” says Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of Hyperloop One. “The way we work and make the world a smaller place, turn cities into metro stops.”

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has now joined Gov. Hogan in being open to exploring a hyperloop system.

“I understand there was some progress in D.C. with similar action with what we did in Maryland,” Hogan said. “With a preliminary approval of a permit to do a test.”

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