If Elon Musk’s plans work out, Texans might have to find something other than traffic to complain about.
The Tesla, SpaceX billionaire got Twitter talking Thursday when he tweeted he had “just received verbal govt approval” for an underground hyperloop, a high-speed tube transportation system.
According to the Hill, a hyperloop could shuttle passengers from New York to Washington D.C. in half an hour or less.
Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017
City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017
Support would be much appreciated!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017
Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017
Adding Boston and Providence would be the natural extension of the line— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2017
An underground Hyperloop would mean no disruption above ground and be way faster, so I think it is he right way to go— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017
Verbal approval was at Federal level. Still a lot of work before formal, written approval, but this opens door for state & city discussions.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2017
When another Twitter user inquired about the possibility of building a hyperloop in Texas, Musk’s response was promising:
For sure. First set of tunnels are to alleviate greater LA urban congestion. Will start NY-DC in parallel. Then prob LA-SF and a TX loop.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017
Maybe promising is an understatement.
Musk also called for the support of local officials and those they represent to expedite the process:
If you want this to happen fast, please let your local & federal elected representatives know. Makes a big difference if they hear from you.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017
A call to which U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio quickly answered:
Texas should be building @ElonMusk Hyperloop.— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) July 20, 2017
When KVUE asked members of UT’s competition-level hyperloop teams about Musk’s plans, they said there is still work to be done to make hyperloop travel safe for passengers and the system cost-effective.
If you missed your hyperloop this morning, map your bus route for tomorrow here.
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