Elon Musk says he has 'verbal approval' for a northeast US

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The Boring Co.is an infrastructure and tunneling company that Musk founded in 2016 with the goal of building transportation tunnels to dramatically cut travel times.

Musk tweeted that he received "verbal government approval" for his Boring Company, a tunnel drilling company he started previous year, to construct a Hyperloop tunnel to connect New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Right now, a regular Amtrak train between NY and Washington D.C takes approximately three and a half hours; the same trip is two-and-a-half on the Acela Express.

The hyperloop would cut the almost three-hour train ride or more than four-hour auto ride down to a mere 29 minutes and include stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

He made the announcement on Twitter, declaring his new super-fast transportation network will also have stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore, as well as "up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city".

Even after Musk's second tweet acknowledging that he still needs formal approval, there were some who questioned how quickly he could receive that.

As with all of Musk's tweets, the language and terminology drive the discussion.




"We're digging a tunnel and it's kinda like sorta its oddly enough a low-stress activity cause like everyone expects it to fail", Musk said.

Hyperloop mass-transit systems would move passengers at hundreds of miles an hour through pressurized tubes in electric-powered pods. A number of startups have begun to develop the technology, despite concerns about the cost and practicality.

Closer to home, Musk gave some more detail about the company's latest attempts to reuse space hardware. He said he'll start the project "in parallel" with the LA tunnel network.

Musk first released a white paper on his Hyperloop project in 2013. Nevertheless, some have speculated that the "verbal government approval" for a Hyperloop link between NY and Washington may have come from Kushner or others associated with the White House.

Now, a tweet claiming "verbal government approval" is not official by any means, and it could just be the result of a garbled phone call between Musk and Trump.

Musk also said that he is hoping to discuss how his plans to reach Mars have changed since his presentation a year ago at the upcoming International Astronautical Congress.

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