Elon Musk’s Boring Company is set to begin construction of a hyperloop tunnel from Baltimore to Washington DC, according to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
The digging will begin in Maryland, according to one of Hogan’s aids.
Musk said this summer that the company had received “verbal govt approval” for the project, which aims to build a tunnel for Musk’s highly anticipated, ultra high-speed transport system, called the Hyperloop. It would use pods to make the trip from Washington DC to New York City, which takes about 4 and a half hours by car, in just 29 minutes. Vaccuum sealed tubes would allow for speeds between 700 and 760 miles per hour.
In a separate Tweet, Hogan said his administration is proud “to support The Boring Company to bring rapid electric transportation to MD — connecting Baltimore City to D.C.”
Doug Mayer, a spokesman from the state’s Department of Transportation, said they have granted conditional approval for the Boring Company to dig tunnel under state roads for the project.
Musk also announced this summer that the company had completed its first segment of hyperloop tunnel in Los Angeles.
“It’s called a utility permit. That’s all they need to do the digging. It’s a private company, privately financed,” he said. “The costs to the state will be extremely limited, if anything at all. The state has been working with them for multiple months on the permit process.”
The first digging will start near Fort Meade, in Anne Arundel County, according to Mayer. He said about 10 miles of the tunnel will be constructed under a state-owned segment of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
It is as of yet unclear where the rest of the route would be built, and what kind of other permits and permission will be necessary to build other portions of the tunnel.
Mayer referred other questions on construction plans to the Boring Company, which did not answer further questions.
“The Boring Company would like to thank Maryland, Washington D.C., and the White House Office of American Innovation for their support,” they said in a statement.
In DC, District Department of Transportation spokesman Terry Owens said “We have had conversations with the Musk people. … We’re trying to better understand the concept as it’s been developed so far.”
That office is lead by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.