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