(Image via The Boring Company)
A map released recently by Elon Musk’s tunneling company shows a potential Baltimore-D.C. route for an East Coast hyperloop.
As shown on its website, The Boring Company is floating plans for a pair of underground tunnels at least 30 ft. deep running between S. Paca St. near Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore to D.C.
“The proposed twin tunnels would run in parallel for approximately 35 miles from downtown DC to downtown Baltimore, beneath New York Avenue and then the Baltimore-Washington Parkway,” the post from the Boring Company states.
The post has some more details about the project, but not all of them. For one, the tunneling project is called The Loop. In the Loop, passengers would be transported on autonomous electric skates traveling 125-150 mph. The skates would either be able to carry 8-16 passengers, or one passenger vehicle. On this technology, the Baltimore-D.C. trip would take 15 minutes. Interestingly, that’s the same amount of time maglev is proposing.
The idea is that it would then be compatible with hyperloop requirements should that technology develop. As Musk infamously tweeted, the company also intends to extend the route to New York.
Construction of the tunnel would take 12-20 months, the Boring Company states. Four launch pits would also need to be built for a boring machine, which would take a month each. Station locations would be determined at a later date.
Despite these time estimations, there’s no indication of when construction would begin.
Musk said the project would be entirely privately funded. However, government buy-in will of course be required beyond “verbal govt approval.” Baltimore City is among a host of mostly federal departments listed. As previously known, the state is also onboard via an initial permit from the Maryland Department of Transportation with Gov. Larry Hogan’s encouragement.-30-
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