Elon Musk is at it again.
Following the entrepreneur’s massive success with companies such as Tesla and SpaceX, Musk said Thursday he’s gained “verbal” government approval for an underground rail system that would take riders from New York to Washington D.C. in under 30 minutes.
Musk said his plan is to construct the first hyperloop in greater Los Angeles while working on the N.Y. to D.C. route at the same time. After that, he said he wants to work on a hyperloop taking passengers from southern California to northern California and then one in Texas.
Musk’s newest venture, called The Boring Company, was founded last year after he was frustrated with the amount of traffic in Los Angeles. He vowed to hatch a plan to fix congestion on roads in major cities.
The company started digging massive holes on the property of its SpaceX offices in L.A. back in February. Musk said the eventual goal is to “enhance tunneling speed enough such that establishing an underground tunnel network is financially feasible.”
The process will start by placing a vehicle on an electric sled inside the tunnel. The sled moves at a rate of around 125 mph through the extensive tunnels, avoiding traffic and making it a short commute.
Musk and the company have released a stunning visualization of the process. Watch a video of how the hyperloop system would work below:
In May, Musk offered a firsthand view of what it would look and feel like to be inside of a vehicle and on one of the electric sleds. Watch a video of the demonstration below, but be warned that it could cause motion sickness.
It’s not exactly clear what a “verbal” government approval means, and Musk didn’t elaborate much on it. But tunneling from N.Y. to D.C. would almost certainly require an incredible amount of money and work. But it seems like the process has officially begun.
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