Imagine a 240-mile route taking about 23 minutes. It could be possible because of a Los Angeles-based upstart, Hyperloop One.

But, despite a flurry of activity in the transportation innovation in the state, it’s not coming to North Carolina – at least not soon.

Of the more than 2,600 applications Hyperloop One received around the globe from entities wanting to pilot the futuristic technology, not a single one came from North Carolina, said spokeswoman Marcy Simon.

George List, professor of…