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article imageMaryland Governor: 'Get ready' for Baltimore-Washington Hyperloop

By Business Insider     Oct 19, 2017 in Technology
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he supports Elon Musk's Hyperloop project that will connect Baltimore and Washington.
-Elon Musk first said in July that his latest venture, the Boring Company, will build a Hyperloop between Washington and New York with stops in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
-This is the first time a government official has said he or she approves an aspect of the East Coast Hyperloop project.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan just said to get ready for Elon Musk's Hyperloop.
Hogan said on Twitter on Thursday that he supports a Hyperloop connection between Baltimore to Washington D.C.
"I think it's coming to Maryland and it's going to go from Baltimore to Washington, so get ready," Hogan said when asked his thoughts on the Boring Company's Hyperloop.
Elon Musk launched his Boring Company earlier this year with the ultimate goal of building underground tunnels that connect cities, which could support a Hyperloop or cars. He has shown an interest in digging tunnels in Los Angeles, Chicago, and along the East Coast.
Musk said in July that the Boring Company had received "verbal government approval" from the federal level to dig a tunnel that would support a Hyperloop between New York and D.C. with stops in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
This is the first time, however, that a government official has indicated that the East Coast project is a go. Hogan said the administration supported the project and that he "thinks" it will come to Maryland, so it's unclear what kind of approval the project has gotten.
"The tunnels will be built primarily under existing state highways, and the state is supporting the project and will work with the company to expedite the permitting and approval process," a represenative for the Governor's office said in an email.
The Boring Company has also initiated talks with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel about digging a tunnel to support a high-speed rail connection between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport.
The Hyperloop is a nascent transportation system that would work by shooting pods in a vacuum-sealed tube at high speeds. Musk first outlined his vision for a Hyperloop in a 2013 "white paper."
This article was originally published on Business Insider. Copyright 2017.
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