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Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received "verbal" approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking NY and Washington that would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour.

Musk says the route will include a stop in Philadelphia and Baltimore before, and only take 29 minutes total.

"Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop", Musk said.

That's according to Elon Musk, owner of the wonderfully named The Boring Company, which is behind the latest development.

Though subway systems are technically different from a futuristic, never-before-built tunnel system that carries cars across states like a bullet train, history has shown that major transportation projects are slow-moving and politically complicated in the United States.

"Nobody in City Hall, or any of our city agencies, has heard from Mr. Musk or any representatives of his company", Ben Sarle, deputy press secretary for the New York's mayor office, told Business Insider.

Hyperloop is Elon Musk's design for a semi-vacuum-tube electromagnetic transportation system. Musk also talked about his plans to launch a mission to Mars.

In particular, the scale of Musk's ambitions sprawl to building 30 layers of tunnels throughout the city, used to transport vehicles and pedestrians on super-fast electric "sleds".

"We're digging a tunnel and it's kinda like sorta its oddly enough a low-stress activity cause like everyone expects it to fail", Musk said.

Musk's SpaceX has been working on a Hyperloop test concept and a competitor, Hyperloop One, has tested its LA-SF run. Musk later clarified: "Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly".

Hyperloops are underground, extremely high-speed rail systems.

Port colossus DP World Group of Dubai a year ago invested in the concept, joining backers including French national rail company SNCF, US industrial conglomerate General Electric and Russian state fund RDIF. If the project is actually approved, construction will begin in conjunction with the company's other talked-about project: underground tunnels in L.A. that aim to relieve vehicular congestion.



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