North Texas planners are getting serious about deploying a technology known as Hyperloop that promises to whisk riders from Dallas to Fort Worth in only six minutes — traveling in a giant tube in a futuristic system that if successful could redefine inter-city transportation.

But those same Metroplex planners also are pursuing plans for building high-speed rail plans (similar to systems used in Europe and Asia) in the same corridors connecting Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas.

As a result, a competitive race of sorts has formed between supporters of each of the two transport systems, leaving it unclear if either the Virgin Hyperloop One tube system or the Texas Central Railway high-speed trains will win out.

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