Elon Musk's The Boring Company gets permit to dig in Washington, DC


Looks like Elon Musk's dream to build a hyperloop connecting New York City and Washington D.C. will be a reality, after all.

In addition to shooting Teslas into space, Musk and his Boring Company has been advancing their plans for the project, for which they just received a preliminary permit. The tunnel will run from New York City to Philadelphia to Baltimore and finally to D.C., and Musk has already acquired a conditional permit to begin digging in Hawthorne, Maryland.

A November 29 permit issued by DC's Department of Transportation allows Musk's Boring Company to dig at an abandoned lot beside a McDonald's in northeast Washington that the company says might eventually become a station on a hyperloop connecting NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington.

The Boring Company would be working with an unnamed partner for its operations in the New York Avenue location, though there is a good chance that the startup would be working with Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles, CA company working to commercialize hyperloop technology, according to an Engadget report.

Musk has also received backing from the White House Office of American Innovation, which is led by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, and Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan. The city is still figuring out what other permits the Boring Company will need to dig a complete Hyperloop tunnel, and that's just the start.

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It was unveiled by Elon Musk in 2013, who at the time said it could take passengers the 380 miles (610km) from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes - half the time it takes a plane. It was commercialized in the 1850s when John Latimer Clark was issued a patent "for conveying letters or parcels between places by the pressure of air and vacuum".

Hyperloop is a high-speed transit system concept created by Musk in 2013. Experts have said tunnel digging will be slow and costly and all manner of safety considerations have to be taken into account. It is still entirely possible that the tunnel and East Coast hyperloop will not be fully realized.