If the Boring Company proceeds with construction, the first phase would be the Washington, DC to Baltimore line.
Still, the permit "is comparable to an athlete stretching before a race" and shows Musk is serious about moving forward with his plans for high-speed travel since claiming "verbal" government support for an East Coast hyperloop last July, reports TechCrunch. The lot, at 53 New York Avenue NE, is on a busy street adjacent to a McDonald's, near the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The permit will allow Musk's tunnelling firm to perform, as The Washington Post reports, "some preparatory and excavation work" in a fenced-off vehicle park in the city's NoMa district.
When asked about the permit, a Boring Company spokesperson told the Washington Post that the "New York Avenue location if constructed, could become a station" in the wider Hyperloop network.
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Looks like Elon Musk's dream to build a hyperloop connecting New York City and Washington D.C. will be a reality, after all.
"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 the department.
There's been no word on any timeline for the project. The Boring Company also has yet to demonstrate it can actually build the massive transportation system for much cheaper and at a more efficient pace than traditional transportation agencies such as New York's MTA.
Most projects, like this one and the LA tunnel network, originated from the Boring Company's own suggestions and they are apparently financing the work themselves without public funds, which is rare for major infrastructure projects like those.