Is Musk’s Hyperloop project approved by the government?


Elon Musk surprised with announcement that his latest endeavor, The Boring Company, has received “verbal governmental approval” to build a Hyperloop between New York and Washington DC with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore, although certain city representatives said they never talked with him about that.

Deputy press secretary for the New York’s mayor office Ben Sarle said “Nobody in City Hall, or any of our city agencies, has heard from Mr. Musk or any representatives of his company.”

“Elon Musk has had no contact with Philadelphia officials on this matter,” Mike Dunn, deputy communications director for the city of Philadelphia, said adding, “We do not what he means when he says he received ‘verbal government approval.’ There are numerous hurdles for this unproven ‘hyperloop’ technology before it can become reality.”

Elon Musk, on the other side, tweeted: “Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.”

Regarding the tweet, White House spokesperson told Business Insider “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.”

Musk the was on President Trump’s economic advisory board and Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, which he both left when Trump decided to withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement in June.

The Boring Company spokesperson said they had many promising talks with government officials on federal, sate and local level. He also added, “With a few exceptions, feedback has been very positive and we have received verbal support from key government decision-makers for tunneling plans, including a Hyperloop route from New York to Washington DC.”

On twitter, Musk stated that he wishes to build a boring machine because traffic in LA drove him “nuts.” And just a couple of months later he started The Boring Company. Project was led by engineer from SpaceX Steve Davis.

Musk’s intention for tunnel was to transport cars and people on an electric skate. Musk’s announcement made on Thursday was the first time ever the company teased tunnel digging to support Hyperloop. In tweet he said that by using the tunnel it would take 29 minutes to cross NY-DC distance.

Currently he is in process of negotiating with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti about digging a tunnel that would connect Union Station and Los Angeles International Airport. He is also talking with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel about building a tunnel between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport.

However, Musk will need more than a “verbal approval” from the government to realize his plans.