Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Hyperloop approved between NYC and DC, says Elon Musk

Hyperloop approved between NYC and DC, says Elon Musk

Signaling that Musk's tweets may be premature, the press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted a reply: "This is news to City Hall". It didn't give any specifics besides, however, only reiterating that the administration is "committed to transformative infrastructure projects, and believe our greatest solutions have often come from the ingenuity and drive of the private sector".

In its own statement, The Boring Co. said feedback on the proposal has been positive and it has "received verbal support from key government decision-makers for tunneling plans".

He believes his Hyperloop technology, which is still in development, could deliver travelers across the longest stretch of the line - NY to Washington - in just 29 minutes.

How would you like to rocket from New York City to Washington, 29 minutes via an underground tunnel?

Musk's Boring Company began tunneling under Los Angeles in June to create a similar hyperloop that would connect LAX, Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks, Calif. On its website the Boring Company says that such tunnels "would also make Hyperloop adoption viable".

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He mentioned an East Coast hyperloop at that conference, saying "If you were to do something like a DC-to-New York hyperloop, I think you'd probably want to go underground the entire way because it's a high-density area".

With The Boring Company, which he launched earlier this year, Musk intends to dig tunnels that could provide alternative routes for vehicles, potentially alleviating traffic in metropolitan areas. Musk then changed his Twitter bio to include: "Tunnels (yes, tunnels)".

By traveling in vacuum tubes on magnetic cushions, hyperloop trains would avoid being slowed down by air pressure or the friction of wheels on rails, making them faster and cheaper to operate, supporters say.

Musk and his team are now working on a 500-foot test tunnel in Hawthorne.

"We're now getting comments from all the underground utilities and agencies who have live underground substructures" that could be impacted by the project, said Hawthorne's interim city manager, Arnie Shadbehr. The company is working toward building a tunnel from Los Angeles International Airport to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood and Sherman Oaks.

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