Elon Musk says he received verbal approval to build underground hyperloop, local governments caught off guard

Posted on: July 20th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Photo: Hyperloop One/Tesla(NEW YORK) — Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday that his Boring Company has received verbal approval to build an hyperloop connecting a number of major cities along the East Coast of the United States.

Musk and the company have touted the possibility of untrafast travel via hyperloop system for years. On Thursday, Musk said that a trip from New York City to Washington, D.C. could be made in just 29 minutes if his vision comes to life.


City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017

Musk later clarified that there remains much work before formal approval is given to build the hyperloop, but that he remained optimistic that it would happen in the near future.



Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017

Local governments were apparently caught off guard by Elon Musk’s announcement.

The New York City mayor’s office and spokespeople from the D.C. and Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation all told ABC News they were not aware of any ongoing projects involving Musk.

The U.S. Department of Transportation referred ABC News’ inquiry to the White House.

“We have had promising conversations to date, are committed to transformative infrastructure projects, and believe our greatest solutions have often come from the ingenuity and drive of the private sector,” a White House spokesperson told ABC News.

Musk, also the CEO of rocket manufacturer SpaceX and electric auto giant Tesla and a co-founder of PayPal, served on the administration’s advisory council until Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accords.

His tunnel-digging operation, “The Boring Company” (pun intended), has already broken ground on an underground shaft near his rocket company in California to circumvent gridlock in Los Angeles.

“I find holes in the ground exciting,” Musk quipped at an engineering competition in January. “We’ll see how far we can get, we’re just sort of muddling along.”

The inimitable entrepreneur first revealed his design for the Hyperloop — a travel pod designed to speed through an underground pneumatic tube at around 800 miles per hour — in 2013.

After completing Hyperloop tunnels in Los Angeles and the Northeastern corridor, he plans to continue digging, with tunnels connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco and a network inside Texas, he suggested on Twitter.

“Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly,” Musk clarified a few hours after posting his first tweet.

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