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Musk says government likes plan for high-speed tunnels

22 July 2017

Tesla founder Elon Musk announced on Thursday that he has received "verbal" government approval to build an underground rail line from ny to Washington, with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Even in the midst of his slight retreat on these latest claims, Musk told one Twitter follower who asked about plans for Chicago that he had already been approached by the city about building a Hyperloop between its centre and its O'Hare International Airport.

Neither The Boring Company or the Department of Transportation responded immediately to a request for comment.

He said his hyperloop would have city center to city center service, with perhaps a dozen or more entry and exit elevators in each city.

"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. He's been experimenting with tunnel digging in California, and founded the dad-joke-worthy "Boring Company", which was supposed to be solving LA's traffic problems by putting highways underground.

He recently started a project, the Boring Company, to build transport tunnels for the system, which he says would be far faster than current high-speed trains and use electromagnetic propulsion. Images via Wikimedia CommonsHyperloop is a system of underground vacuum tubes through which trains or pods can be shot at high speeds.

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Around 4:30pm Thursday, the Boring Company issued a statement confirming that they received "verbal support from key government decision-makers for tunneling plans" including a hyperloop route from NY to Washington, DC. It is likely only a matter of paperwork and technicality at this point, but this is good news for his Boring company.

Musk also stated he plans to work on this newly approved project in concert with the first set of transportation tunnels planned for Los Angeles. "Makes a big difference if they hear from you".

Given the huge traffic in Boston, it should come as no surprise that its residents are also intrigued by Musk's idea.

In a white piper, Musk speculates a Hyperloop between Los Angeles and San Francisco - a distance of about 383 miles, according to Google Maps - would cost $6 billion.

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.

Musk says government likes plan for high-speed tunnels