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Hogan says Elon Musk’s Boring Company can start digging hyperloop tunnels in Maryland

The governor's administration gave an initial approval for the project that would connect Baltimore and DC to begin in Anne Arundel County.

Gov. Hogan (second from left) meets The Boring Company. (Photo via Facebook)

Gov. Larry Hogan is supporting Elon Musk and his desire to bring an undergrond hyperloop to the East Coast, and it seems like a bit of the Tesla founder’s social media strategy has rubbed off on the Maryland Republican.
On Thursday, Hogan dropped a video on Twitter that quickly circulated suggesting he was onboard with the underground tunnels and tubes holding trains which would be helmed by Musk’s The Boring Company.

Asked what he thought of the hyperloop, Hogan said, “I think it’s coming to Maryland, and it’s going to go from Baltimore to Washington, so get ready,” he said.

A previous tweet had said, “Our administration is proud to support The Boring Company to bring rapid electric transportation to MD – connecting Baltimore City to D.C.”
Hogan said on Facebook that he toured a site in Anne Arundel County. A Hogan spokesman told The Washington Post that this means the digging for the project will begin in Maryland. The site where officials made the video is apparently near Fort Meade, and there are plans for 10 miles of tunnel under 295.
It appears this is more than “verbal govt approval.” Formally, the state issued a conditional utility permit that will allow The Boring Company to dig under state roads. The spokesman added that the costs to the state will be “extremely limited, if anything at all.”
More details weren’t available, as The Boring Company only issued a statement saying, “The Boring Company would like to thank Maryland, Washington D.C., and the White House Office of American Innovation for their support.”
It’s the first public update since Musk made waves with a hyperloop announcement in June that said the hyperloop could make the NYC to D.C. trip in 29 minutes. The digging would be for the tunnel phase of the project. Technology for the hyperloop itself is still under development. (UMD students took to the test track over the summer)
Work on futuristic transportation around 295 could be getting a little crowded. Hogan has also declared his support for a Maglev train in Maryland would make the trip from Baltimore to D.C. in 15 minutes.Recent route proposals for that project show one option that parallels the Parkway.


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