Elon Musk’s firm, The Boring Company, has just received the approval to begin the creation of a tunnel in D.C. that will likely connect the city to New York through a speedy 29-minute trip.Known as the Hyperloop, this project was given an approved building permit in November 2017, granting Musk the go-ahead to begin digging beneath Washington, D.C.
Under an abandoned parking lot near the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will soon be a Hyperloop station. The super-high-speed train envisioned by Elon Musk would eventually connect Washington, D.C. to New York with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore.
A spokesperson for Boring Company told The Washington Post that “a New York Avenue location, if constructed, could become a station.”
While there is still a long way to go before the Hyperloop becomes a reality, digging is an exciting first step! There are other permits and paperwork that will likely arise as the tunnel is built underground across a number of cities.
This new mode of transportation would allow for people to travel at a faster speed due to the minimal friction created by the magnetically levitating pods. These pods (carrying passengers) would move through a near-vacuum tube, potentially reaching speeds of over 700 mph.
featured image source: The Boring Company