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Alberta, TransPod sign MOU for high-speed train between Calgary & Edmonton

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The Alberta government and Toronto-based TransPod have signed a deal on development of a hyperloop transportation system which would link up Calgary and Edmonton.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) would have TransPod research, plan and possibly build a loop between the two cities.

The proposed high-speed electric train could travel as fast as one thousand kilometres an hour, meaning the trip from Calgary to Edmonton could be as short as 30 minutes.

In a release, Transpod says this project would create 38,000 jobs and put Alberta at the forefront of innovation.

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The MOU aims to attract private investment to the province, in order to build what would be a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure project.

The company says if all goes as planned, we could see the hyperloop construction between Calgary and Edmonton by 2025.

Alberta Transportation Minister, Ric McIver says by supporting TransPod’s feasibility study, Alberta Transportation will provide important information contributing to the research, development, testing, and construction of a full inter-city TransPod line between Edmonton and Calgary. “We look forward to seeing this work put Alberta at the forefront of the movement of goods and people.”

The MOU will see Alberta Transportation:Support TransPod undertaking further study on the feasibility of developing its technology in Alberta

  • Share available transportation data as appropriate that may assist TransPod in assessing the feasibility of its technology
  • Work with TransPod officials to identify suitable land that can safely accommodate a test track
  • Participate in discussions with potential large institutional investors where suitable
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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