Elon Musk: 'Government Approval' To Build A Tunnel From New York To Washington
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk reports he has been given the green light to begin work on a tunnel from New York to Washington. The underground operation is attached to his hyperloop project, which hopes to create a lighting fast network of subterranean tunnels to reduce traffic.
Musk announced the news via his Twitter feed on Thursday. The proposed tunnel would go from New York and pass through Philadelphia and Baltimore before stopping at Washington DC.
However, local governments, including the New York City Mayor's office and spokespeople from DC and Pennsylvania, have expressed confusion about the supposed 'approval' to ABC News. The news organisation has been told by the groups that they weren't aware of any upcoming projects with Mr Musk.
An hour after his first two tweets on the subject, he followed it up with two more to clarify the current situation.
Elon Musk's hyperloop project is already underway on the West coast, with boring machines tunnelling their way underneath Los Angeles. The project will consist of a network of tunnels running from LAX airport to Culver City, Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks.
Once cars are brought into the tunnel via various elevator points dotted around the city, they are hooked onto a cable that pulls them at 200 kilometres an hour (124 mph). Mr Musk gave his social media followers an insight into the process in an Instagram post two months ago.
Credit: Instagram/Elon Musk
During a TED talk, Elon said the possibilities for the project are pretty much endless: "There's no real limit to how many levels of tunnel you can have. You can go much further deep than you can go up. The deepest mines are much deeper than the tallest buildings are tall, so you can alleviate any arbitrary level of urban congestion with a 3D tunnel network."
Source: ABC News
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