Courtesy Virgin Hyperloop One

A panel has been launched that could help to make a 28-minute trip from Kansas City to St. Louis become a reality.

State House Speaker Elijah Haahr says Missouri became the Gateway to the West about 100 years ago by building an interstate system. During a press conference Tuesday in Jefferson City, Haahr told MissouriNet he wants Missouri to be the gateway to the world by building the first-ever Hyperloop system.

Haahr has created a group of elected officials and business people to study whether the revolutionary high-speed tube transportation could thrive and find ways to fast-track a potential Hyperloop in Missouri.

The tubes could carry passengers from St. Louis to Kansas City in 28 minutes with a stop halfway in Columbia.