Elon Musk’s tunneling firm, The Boring Company, has received an early excavation permit from the local D.C. government to start digging at Lot 53 New York Avenue in Washington, D.C. Once completed, the NY Ave. location could be key in the NY-Phil-Balt-D.C. Hyperloop, a system of tunnels that would enable commuters to travel from New York to Washington in just 29 minutes.
A Boring Company spokesperson noted that the New York Avenue location could become one of the underground system’s first “stations,” where passengers can access the underground system. The spokesperson asserted, however, that stations in the Hyperloop system would be designed in a different way than conventional train or subway stations.
“A New York Avenue location, if constructed, could become a station as part of the Hyperloop network of ultra-high-speed main lines and slower city loops. Stations in a Loop or Hyperloop system are small in size and widely distributed in a network. That’s very different from large-station terminals considered for train systems,” the Boring Company spokesperson told the WaPo.
The Boring Company would be working with an unnamed partner for its operations in the New York Avenue location, though there is a good chance that the startup would be working with Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles, CA company working to commercialize hyperloop technology, according to an Engadget report.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s chief of staff John Falcicchio further stated that the local government is open to new ideas that could revolutionize private and public transportation. The chief-of-staff, however, noted that the mayor’s office is still in the process of gaining an understanding of Hyperloop’s technology and its implications for the commuting public.
“We’re just beginning, in the mayor’s office, our conversation to get an understanding of what the general vision is for Hyperloop. We’re open to the concept of moving people around the region more efficiently,” Falcicchio said, according to the Washington Post.
The SpaceX and Tesla CEO’s tunneling company has been approaching its efforts on numerous fronts, with the firm attempting to secure permits from local governments both on the east and west coast. While its permit from the D.C. government is a significant step forward in the Elon Musk-led firm’s tunneling initiatives, the company has been met with resistance from local officials on both sides of the United States.
As noted in a previous report, Maryland Assistant Attorney General David Stamper voiced his opposition to the digging permit granted to the Boring Company by the State Highway Administration last year. According to Stamper, the SHA was not within its rights when it gave the tunneling startup the go-signal to start its operations last October, considering that the tunnels would be transporting people, cars, and cargo.
Apart from this, The Boring Co.’s presentation and proposal to the city council of Culver City also ended in a stalemate, after lawmakers and residents aired their opposition and reservations about the startup’s tunneling project. The Culver City meeting concluded with the city council ultimately voting to hire consultants who could assess the overall feasibility, risks, and benefits of the Elon Musk-led tunneling startup’s initiatives before it can make a final decision.