The stretch between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. is less than fifty miles, but it can become one of the most busy and congested commutes by road or rail. That may soon change as Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been granted conditional approval to begin construction on a hyperloop tunnel that may take passengers between the two cities at speeds of 125 mph, and may even extend as far as New York.
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Maryland Confirms Plans
The Maryland Department of Transportation and Gov. Larry Hogan’s office has recently confirmed their approval that Boring Company can start digging a hyperloop tunnel. Tunneling is expected to begin near Fort Meade, MD although the exact route of the tunnel and its requirements are still pending environmental reviews, scheduling, and funding before final approval.
High Speed, Low Cost
If the East Coast hyperloop begins construction as planned, travelers will be able to cross between major cities at new levels of speed and for a tenth of standard costs, according to Elon Musk. Similar projects are already in the works or are in planning stages in California and in sites currently being considered by Virgin Hyperloop One, which include Cheyenne to Denver to Pueblo, Columbus to Pittsburg, Miami to Orlando, and Dallas to Houston.
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From Shipping To Commuting
Hyperloop transportation systems rely on a pneumatic or vacuum tube concept that allows a sled car to travel along rails at impressive speeds, safely, and without reliance on fossil fuels. In addition to a faster means of commuting and leisure travel across major cities, the system has been proposed as a solution for freight and shipping.
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