Elon Musk’s ambitious Hyperloop train via a Boring Company tunnel might actually turn into a reality now that the tech mogul received the ‘approval’ to begin digging.

On Thursday, representatives of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that the state has finally issued Musk’s The Boring Company (read about the initial plans here) a conditional utility permit to start the Hyperloop tunnel project.

The permit allows The Boring Co. to dig a 10.3-mile tunnel beneath the state-owned portion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, between the Baltimore city line and state Highway 175 in Hanover, the Los Angeles Times reported.

It should be remembered that tech mogul Elon Musk made headlines last July following a series of tweets he made regarding the ‘verbal approval’ he acquired for his alleged Hyperloop transit system.

That time, the Tesla CEO didn’t divulge any other detail about the Hyperloop tunnel project except that it will have several city stops “with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each.” 

Musk’s pronouncements gained adverse reactions from various government agencies. Now that the permit has been released, it appears that Musk has the last laugh.

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Start of the Hyperloop Tunnel Project

Further reports confirmed that the digging would be a portion of the underground transit system that Musk envisioned to carry passengers from Washington to New York, with stops in Baltimore and Philadelphia, in just 29 minutes. Apparently, the Maryland approval paves the way for the multi-billion dollar project to push through.

Hogan toured a site in Hanover that aides said could become an entry point for the Hyperloop. However, his aides confirmed that the state would not contribute to the cost of the project. In a post on his Facebook page, Hogan said:

“Incredibly excited to announce our administration’s support for The Boring Company to bring rapid electric transportation technology to Maryland, connecting Baltimore City and Washington D.C. Earlier this morning, I joined Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, and The Boring Company executives to tour the initial tunnel site on this innovative project in Anne Arundel County!”

Larry Hogan meeting with The Boring Company executives for the Hyperloop tunnel project.
Larry Hogan meeting with The Boring Company executives for the Hyperloop tunnel project. | Larry Logan Facebook Page

Meanwhile, Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn was quoted in a separate statement, saying:

“This thing is real. It’s exciting to see. The word ‘transformational’ may be overused, but this is a technology that leapfrogs any technology that is out there today. And it’s going to be here.”

Administration officials said they treated the alleged Hyperloop tunnel like a utility. Thus, the permit given was the same with those that allows electric companies to dig beneath public rights-of-way.

“We have all sorts of utilities beneath our roadways,” Rahn added. “In essence, this didn’t need anything more than a utility permit.”

No further clarifications were made by the representatives of Hogan regarding the environmental review or other permitting procedures that must be completed by Musk’s the Boring Company before breaking ground.

In addition to that, other states mentioned in the Hyperloop tunnel project have not given their approvals yet about the digging.

Do you think Musk will succeed in getting the approval from other states for his Hyperloop tunnel system? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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