Elon Musk wants to whisk you from NYC to DC in 30 minutes with a new Hyperloop
Elon Musk’s next project may be a bit more … boring than his previous endeavors.
The founder of SpaceX and Tesla is accustomed to flashy enterprises and larger-than-life dreams (that all seem to be coming to fruition), and now, he’s turning his attention to a simple problem that plagues all of us: Traffic. Because why shouldn’t it take us 29 minutes to get from New York to D.C.? With Musk’s Boring Company, this could be our new reality, especially now that Musk has attained written permission to begin digging in D.C.
In July 2017, Musk tweeted that he’d been given the green light to build the New York to D.C. route, but had no proof to back up his 140 (or so) characters. But now, he’s has the paper to prove it. As the Washington Post reported, “The Boring Company team has received an early, and vague, building permit from the D.C. government that will allow some preparatory and excavation work at the fenced-off parking lot at 53 New York Avenue NE beside a McDonald’s and amid the construction cranes of Washington’s booming NoMa neighborhood.” A spokesperson for the company also noted that “a New York Avenue location, if constructed, could become a station.”
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