Washington D.C. Has Given Permission To Elon Musk To Dig A Little For The Hyperloop
Elon Musk has eaten up a lot of news time with his SpaceX Falcon Heavy shooting up into the heavens with a Tesla strapped to it, and of course the Hyperloop. This time, it’s more about the Hyperloop and the possibilities of the future.
Musk has a company called The Boring Company. No, it’s not a company that specializes in showing reruns of Two and a Half Men, but rather a company that specializes in digging gigantic tunnels in the ground to pave the way for underground transportation. Musk has been busy since he announced that he received verbal approval for his company to build a “NY-Philly-Baltimore-DC Hyperloop.”
When questioned about the permit, issued on November 29th of 2017, a Boring Company spokesman said, “a New York Avenue location, if constructed, could become a station” in a broad network of such stops across the new system. Excavation has begun at a fenced off parking lot at 53 New York Avenue NE next to a McDonald’s and around the construction cranes of Washington’s booming NoMa neighborhood.=
Musk has successfully gotten backing from the White House Office of American Innovation, which is headed by Trump senior advisor Jared Kushner, along with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. But it will take more than just one permit to begin tunneling activities. Many more will be needed before Musk’s tunneling company can send those giant machines into the ground beneath our feet.
If the tunneling is successful, the concept for the Hyperloop would have 16 people seated in a pod that would speed along under the ground to the various stations. Elevators would take people up and down — see the concept here — with little or no disruption to roads or buildings near the stations.
“Stations in a Loop or Hyperloop system are small in size and widely distributed in a network — very different from large-station termini considered for train systems,” the Boring Company spokesman said.
We got our fingers crossed that this huge undertaking will eventually begin. Musk is relentless on building a new future for the world. Let’s hope when he gets it all done, he doesn’t turn into a supervillain. I think I’d probably go crazy with power, but I still occasionally ruining my clothes when doing laundry.
Feature Image: Elon Musk (Twitter)
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