The revolutionary Hyperloop has received ‘verbal’ approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington DC, which would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour.
Elon Musk He offered no details on what entity had greenlit the project that could result in the world’s longest tunnel.
Amtrak’s high-speed Acela train currently takes nearly three hours to cover the roughly 355 kilometres between the two cities, assuming no delays.
Musk, the chief executive of electric car maker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX, is seeking to revolutionise transportation by sending passengers and cargo packed into pods through an intercity system of giant vacuum tubes known as the Hyperloop.
Officials in DC and New York said they had not approved any project and under federal rules, Musk would need extensive environmental and building permits to mount such an ambitious project.
Musk recently started an enterprise called 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.
Musk wrote on Twitter he had been given “verbal government approval for the Boring Company to build an underground” Hyperloop connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC.
If you want this to happen fast, please let your local & federal elected representatives know. Makes a big difference if they hear from you.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017