NYC to DC in 30 Minutes? Musk Claims Verbal OK for Hyperloop


"This is news to City Hall", tweeted Eric Phillips, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, in response to Musk's tweets.

Elon Musk said on Thursday that his Boring Co. received "verbal approval" to build an underground hyperloop system from Washington, D.C., to NY.

Musk said there would also be "up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city", referring to both D.C. and New York City. Philadelphia officials denied that they had had any contact with Musk or a representative from his companies, as did officials from the state of Pennsylvania, the New York City mayor's office and the New York state Department of Transportation. He wrote later that he still had a lot of work to do on formal approval.

In a statement, the White House said it had had "promising conversations to date" with Musk and was committed to "transformative infrastructure projects".

When completed, Musk said the system would include stops in Baltimore and Philadelphia. "We do not (know) what he means when he says he received 'verbal government approval, '" said Mike Dunn, spokesperson for the Kenney administration.

Musk isn't willing to stop with NY and D.C. The billionaire entrepreneur continued to tease his plans on Twitter, replying to another user asking about a potential hyperloop system in Texas.

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Elon Musk says he has 'verbal' okay to build multi-state underground Hyperloop

As organizations like Hyperloop One propose potential routes for their high-tech, high-speed transportation pipelines, Elon Musk's own The Boring Company (yes, it's really called that) looks to have the go-ahead for an experimental track of its own.

Like many of Elon Musk's ideas, the Hyperloop high-speed rail system seems straight out of science fiction. "Makes a big difference if they hear from you".

Musk and the company have touted the possibility of untrafast travel via hyperloop system for years.

The project would be run through The Boring Company, Musk's tunneling venture, which has already begun test digging near SpaceX HQ in California.

In a white piper, Musk speculates a Hyperloop between Los Angeles and San Francisco - a distance of about 383 miles, according to Google Maps - would cost $6 billion.