Musk gets sup­port for tun­nels

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - DEE-ANN DURBIN

Bil­lion­aire en­trepreneur Elon Musk says he has “ver­bal gov­ern­ment ap­proval” to build a tun­nel for high-speed trans­porta­tion from New York to Wash­ing­ton that could break ground by the end of this year.

Musk didn’t say who gave him the ap­proval, and he ac­knowl­edged that the deal is far from fi­nal­ized.

But the White House con­firmed it had “pos­i­tive dis­cus­sions” about the tun­nel with Musk and ex­ec­u­tives from his un­der­ground drilling en­ter­prise, The Bor­ing Co. A White House spokesper­son wouldn’t say who talked to Musk or whether he met with of­fi­cials in per­son.

“We have had promis­ing con­ver­sa­tions to date, are com­mit­ted to trans­for­ma­tive in­fra­struc­ture projects, and be­lieve our great­est so­lu­tions have of­ten come from the in­ge­nu­ity and drive of the pri­vate sec­tor,” the White House said in a state­ment. In its own state­ment, The Bor­ing Co. said feed­back on the pro­posal has been pos­i­tive and it has “re­ceived ver­bal sup­port from key gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion-mak­ers for tun­nelling plans.” The com­pany said it ex­pects to se­cure the for­mal ap­provals nec­es­sary to break ground later this year.

Musk said hy­per­loop tun­nels could ferry peo­ple, cars and even bikes from New York to Wash­ing­ton in 29 min­utes. That trip cur­rently takes a lit­tle un­der three hours on Am­trak’s high-speed Acela Ex­press. The sys­tem would also have stops in Philadelphia and Bal­ti­more, Musk said.

In a later tweet, Musk said his pri­or­ity with The Bor­ing Co. is build­ing tun­nels to al­le­vi­ate Los Angeles traf­fic.

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