In October, we reported on Elon Musk’s Boring Company deploying a staging area for its Baltimore-DC underground hyperloop project.
Now more details about the project are coming out as the company reportedly plans to start digging as soon as next month.
Earlier this year, Musk announced a project to create an underground hyperloop system between New York and Washington DC.
The idea is to leverage both the tunnel boring technology that the Boring Company is working on and Musk’s original idea for a new mode of transportation called hyperloop, which consists of pods with electric propulsion in a near-vacuum tunnel or tube in order to achieve extremely high speeds.
Larry Hogan, Governor of the State of Maryland, later confirmed that they are working with the Boring Company for a “rapid electric transportation” system between Baltimore and Washington DC, which could act as the first leg of the NYC-DC route.
Now a new utility permit obtained by Capital News Service shows that the company plans to “begin digging two parallel, 12.4-mile transportation tunnels in January 2018.”
“The document lists the start location as “immediately north of MD 175” and details a dig to “within 0.25 miles of intersection of W. Pratt and S. Paca” -about a block from Oriole Park at Camden Yards – with tunnels running under the approximate route of the Maryland-owned section of Route 295, or the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.”
The Boring Company is developing two kinds of transportation systems (now maybe 3 kinds). There’s the hyperloop, a long-distance high-speed transportation system in a low-pressure environment, and there’s an electric skate platform to transport cars autonomously faster and more efficiently.
Those electric skates can travel between 125-150 miles per hour and carry between 8 and 16 passengers, according to the startup. On the other hand, the hyperloop could achieve speeds of up to 700 mph by removing air pressure.
Capital News Service reports that the document that they obtained points more toward the electric skate system than the hyperloop.
It’s not clear how they will reconcile the two concepts, but either way, it looks like there’s a Boring Company tunnel coming in Maryland. This news comes after Musk announced that the company is getting a second multi-million dollar boring machine.
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