Elon Musk hints at D.C.-to-New York tube

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

Trans­porta­tion pi­o­neer Elon Musk has been known to talk big and some­times over­promise.

But the Tesla chief and rocket builder took it up a notch Thurs­day, of­fer­ing a tan­ta­liz­ing but so-far-un­doc­u­mented an­nounce­ment that his tun­nel­bor­ing com­pany had re­ceived a ver­bal gov­ern­ment green light to build a su­per-high-speed po­dand-tube trans­porta­tion sys­tem, which he calls Hyper­loop, for travel be­tween Wash­ing­ton and New York.

“Just re­ceived ver­bal govt ap­proval for The Bor­ing Com­pany to build an un­der­ground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyper­loop. NY-DC in 29 mins,” he wrote on Twit­ter.

Ques­tion­ers on Twit­ter asked one of the ob­vi­ous ones: Who gave the per­mis­sion? Musk did not of­fer de­tails.

Asked if it had given Musk ver­bal ap­proval, a White House spokesman said, “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.” — Michael Laris and Brian Fung

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