Last year, Elon Musk tweeted that he received verbal approval to dig a Hyperloop tunnel under Washington D.C., but it was then later reported that White House officials did not give Musk verbal approval. The Boring Company has now received an honest-to-gosh written permit, according to the Washington Post.
Musk’s vision of the hyperloop was to figure out a way to beat drivers sitting through possibly hours of heavy metropolitan traffic by going underground. The concept of the system uses pods that will carry vehicles and passengers and launch them through a series of connected tunnels at speeds upwards of 800 mph.
The permit, issued by The Washington D.C. Department of Transportation allows The Boring Company team to begin preparation and excavation work at a fenced-off parking lot at 53 New York Avenue NE in Washington’s NoMa neighborhood. If constructed, the location can become the hyperloop’s station, according to Boring Company spokesperson.
The company is still working on a tunnel line with an unnamed firm, possibly Hyperloop One, that will go from New York City to Washington D.C. with a short trip time of approximately 29 minutes.
“We’re just beginning, in the mayor’s office, our conversation to get an understanding of what the general vision is for Hyperloop,” said DC Mayor’s chief of staff, John Falcicchio, “We’re open to the concept of moving people around the region more efficiently.”
Musk has also received backing from the White House Office of American Innovation, which is led by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, and Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan.
Although Musk requires much more permits to begin extending outward, Maryland officials say that tunnel would run under Maryland’s Route 295 from Washington D.C. to Baltimore, then eventually stretch along the East Coast until New York City.
Musk’s future plans for the hyperloop is to extend to other cities globally, but mainly starting in the U.S. He has already expressed plans to build stations extending from downtown Los Angeles to Los Angeles International Airport and downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport.