People tour the site after a test of a Hyperloop, A drive system in North Las Vegas, Nev., in 2016.
(AP Photo/John Locher)
Elon Musk’s dream of building a hyperloop that can move people between Washington, DC and New York City in 29 minutes may be a small step closer to becoming a distant reality.
A Nov. 29-licence issued by DC’s Department of Transportation is Musk is a Boring Company to dig on an abandoned lot next to a McDonald’s in northeastern Washington that the company says it might end up on a drive on a hyperloop connecting new YORK, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington.
The system would speed up travel times, with the use of electricity and electromagnetic levitation to send people and cars whipping through tunnels in the pod. But before you ditch your car, the Washington Post points out, the licence is only for “a number of preparatory and construction works” on the site, and more permits are needed before actual construction began.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is visited, a test of the tunnel Musk is building under Los Angeles. But although “we are open to the concept of moving people around the region more efficiently … we’ve only just begun, in the office of the mayor, our conversation is to get an impression of what the general vision for the Hyperloop,” says Bowser’s chief of staff John Falcicchio.
Still, the permit “is similar to an athlete stretching before a race”, and shows Musk seriously move forward with his plans for the high-speed travel, because the claim of “verbal” support of the government for an East Coast hyperloop in July last year, reports TechCrunch.
He also received a conditional permit to build a tunnel under Maryland Route 295 in Hawthorne, per Post, Maryland officials say, a leg linking Washington and Baltimore will come in the first place.
(Read about the hyperloop pod’s first test.)
This article originally appeared on Newser: Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is making Progress in the DC