Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Musk's Boring Company Is Pushing Forward With East Coast Hyperloop

Musk's Boring Company Is Pushing Forward With East Coast Hyperloop

This time around the word comes down that Elon Musk's Boring Company Gets The "OK" To Dig In Washington, DC, making way for an underground hyperloop between NY and Washington, DC.

"The Boring Company team has received an early, and vague, building permit from the D.C. government that will allow some preparatory and excavation work at the fenced-off parking lot at 53 New York Avenue NE beside a McDonald's and amid the construction cranes of Washington's booming NoMa neighborhood", the Post said.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has visited a test tunnel Musk is constructing under Los Angeles.

Musk has also received backing from the White House Office of American Innovation, which is led by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, and Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan.

As noted in a previous report, Maryland Assistant Attorney General David Stamper voiced his opposition to the digging permit granted to the Boring Company by the State Highway Administration past year. Elon Musk is trying to change all that, with an underground Hyperloop that would cut the ride down to 29 minutes.

With Maryland's approval, the CEO secured permission for the first section of the system.

In comments to the Post, city officials were "upbeat but noncommittal" about the project.

Hyperloop is a proposed method of travel that would transport people at roughly 700mph between distant locations. But Musk promises that The Boring Company's goal "is increasing tunneling speed and dropping costs by a factor of 10 or more". It was commercialized in the 1850s when John Latimer Clark was issued a patent "for conveying letters or parcels between places by the pressure of air and vacuum". Experts have said tunnel digging will be slow and costly and all manner of safety considerations have to be taken into account.

If the plan comes to life, Musk's East Coast Hyperloop tunnel would be far longer than the current record holder, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, a railway line that runs through the Swiss Alps and opened in 2016, measuring 35.5 miles.

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