Elon Musk’s Hyperloop gathering pace as NY-DC link gets ‘OK’

Elon Musk has plenty on his plate. Whether it’s running Tesla, replacing our roof tiles with solar-powered shingle, or plotting human colonies on Mars, you can’t accuse the PayPal co-founder of resting on his laurels.

Another of his more ambitious ideas, the Hyperloop public transit system, is seemingly one step closer to fruition, with Musk confirming his firm, The Boring Company, has been given ‘verbal’ approval to build a multi-state underground system.

Musk says the system, that would link New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. would cut the journey from NY-DC to under half an hour.

In a further tweet Musk said there was “still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly.”

It is envisioned that the Hyperloop technology, which places passengers in carriages magnetically levitated in a vacuum, could reach near supersonic speeds of about 700 miles per hour.

Earlier this month, Hyperloop One completed its first successful full field test, albeit at a comparatively pedestrian 70 miles per hour.

Hyperloop One is now conducting feasibility tests throughout Europe, including the UK. Just last month it unveiled plans for a London to Edinburgh route that would reach its destination in just 50 minutes.

Josh Giegel, the co-founder of Hyperloop One, said: “We’re looking forward to showcasing our technology and believe that Europe is the perfect region for one of the world’s first Hyperloop systems.”