Elon Musk has been actively digging tunnels underneath his SpaceX building in Hawthorne, California to research his high-speed transportation idea called Hyperloop. Now, reportedly, Washington has granted Elon Musk permission to dig near an abandoned area in the northeast section of the city.
As per a Washington Post report, it is not clear how long and how deep this digging will go on. In theory, The Boring Company plans on creating a Hyperloop network across the entire east coast and the abandoned lot in Washington could become one of the many stops along the route.
An "early and vague building permit" has been given and city officials are reported to have been "upbeat but non-committal" about it, says the report. “We’re just beginning, in the mayor’s office, our conversation to get an understanding of what the general vision is for Hyperloop,” said a spokesperson for DC mayor Muriel Bowser, in a statement to the Washington Post.
The plan of creating a Hyperloop transport service between major east coast cities like Washington DC, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia was claimed to have been 'verbally' approved, according to a tweet by Elon Musk. The Verge reported that Musk had been given support from Maryland governor Larry Hogan and also from White House advisor Jared Kushner. However, there are still no visible developments in the plan.
Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017
Of course, many have questioned the legitimacy of this idea, and the fact that Musk claims the Boring Company can dig tunnels at a fraction of the original cost. For all the excess amount of hype, the Boring Company is yet to put a successful pilot run of its plans.
In more news related to Hyperloop, Los-Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra government to build and develop the world's first operational hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune.
The route is also expected to connect the planned Navi Mumbai International Airport, which would make it easier for travelers to move around. The foundation stone for the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Magnetic Maharashtra Global Business Summit in Mumbai.