Elon Musk Claims Approval For NYC To DC Hyperloop, Officials Say Not So Fast

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is claiming he has received “verbal” government approval for The Boring Company to dig a tunnel for a Hyperloop to connect the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.

The surprise announcement caught many people off guard including local officials who seemed to have no information about the plan.

Musk later followed up by saying there is “still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but [I] am optimistic that [it] will occur rapidly.” He then urged his more than ten million Twitter followers to contact their elected representatives and voice their support for the proposal.

A lot of questions remain about the Hyperloop but Musk suggested the high-speed transportation system would connect from “city center to city center.” The outspoken executive also revealed the plans for “up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city.”

The Washington Post reports the so-called approval might have come from the White House as a government spokesperson told the publication “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.”

Other officials appeared clueless as a spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “This is news to City Hall” and a spokesman for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said “We do not know what he means when he says he has received government approval.” The latter spokesperson added “There are numerous hurdles for this Hyperloop technology before it can become a reality.”

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  • BGM

    I’d like to inform my esteemed fellow readers that I have *verbal* approval from Kate Upton to make sweet, sweet love to her while cruising the South Pacific islands on the superyacht Eclipse, owned by my good friend Roman Abramovich. Who also gave me *verbal* consent to use it. Any time I like. Seriously.

  • AS MUCH AS I ADMIRE MUSK,
    IT TOOK OVER 10 YRS. TO BUILD 3 MEASLY STATIONS (PHASE 1) FOR THE 2ND AVE LINE HERE IN NYC. IT WAS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED IN 1919 SO I DON’T SEE HIS PROPOSAL TO DIG UNDER THE CITY ALL THE WAY TO DC COMING TO FRUITION ANY TIME SOON. BUT WITH ELON YOU NEVER KNOW.

    • BGM

      I do know my friend. This will NEVER HAPPEN. Not in 10 years, not in 100, not in 1000. Nobody is going to dig a freaking tunnel between NYC and DC. The hyperloop is a physically impossible idea in the way that they have proposed it. IT.WILL.NEVER.HAPPEN. Elon Musk is simply put the world’s biggest blowhard. I don’t mind that he swindles people out of their money. It’s when the government gives him MY money that I take exception.

      • Ermal Morina

        It’d be funny to see in 30 years time a documentary about hyperloop and how people thought it’d be impossible,your comment would be in that documentary,I promise…

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Especially getting Unions involved…it will take 30 years to go one mile

  • gary4205

    Musk is a crook and a con man.

    Nothing more…..nothing less.