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Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop approved for construction in Maryland

The privately funded project will allow a trip from D.C. to New York to last only 29 minutes, according to Musk

Elon Musk standing in front of a hyperloop prototype in Waterloo, Ontario, on January 29, 2017.
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On Twitter, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation approved Elon Musk’s Boring Company to dig a tunnel between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. This tunnel will allow for the high-speed transportation system, known as the Hyperloop. According to WAMU, this will be the first Hyperloop tunnel on the East Coast.

In July 2017, Musk announced via Twitter that he got “verbal govt [sic] approval” to build the Hyperloop tunnel from D.C. to Baltimore to Philadelphia to New York. With this, a trip from D.C. to New York would take under 30 minutes. Curbed sister site The Verge later confirmed that that the approval came from the White House.

Already, the Boring Company has begun work on a two-mile-long Hyperloop tunnel in Hawthorne, California, from SpaceX’s Los Angeles headquarters toward LAX airport.

Construction on the tunnel in Maryland will begin near Fort Meade, in Anne Arundel County, according to the Washington Post. Approximately 10 miles will be under the state-owned portion of MD 295. It’s still unclear as to where the rest of the route will be located.

The project is being privately funded with no state or federal dollars, according to WAMU.

Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop will launch digging in Maryland, state and company say [The Washington Post]

Elon Musk To Start Digging Hyperloop Tunnel In Maryland [WAMU]

Watch how Elon Musk is making the hyperloop a reality [Curbed]