Per the Post report, Musk's Boring Company has been granted "an early, and vague, building permit" to begin some extremely preliminary work on a section of an underground Hyperloop tunnel that could one day, in theory, stretch from DC to Baltimore, Philadelphia and NY.
The plans are for the route to incorporate four cities, starting in Washington D.C. stopping in Baltimore and Philadelphia before terminating in New York City.
Looking at the fence-lined parking lot on New York Avenue, it's hard to imagine any kind of station but according to the Boring Company "stations in a Loop or Hyperloop system are small in size and widely distributed in a network - very different from large-station termini considered for train systems". The permit, issued in November but only noticed Friday, allows the digging to take place only on an abandoned piece of land on 53 New York Ave., close to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives building.
"We're just beginning, in the mayor's office, our conversation to get an understanding of what the general vision is for Hyperloop", said a spokesperson for the department. The city is still figuring out what other permits the Boring Company will need to dig a complete Hyperloop tunnel, and that's just the start. "We're open to the concept of moving people around the region more efficiently".
As previously reported, the Boring Company's main project is its network of tunnels under Los Angeles, where it already started digging a year ago.
DC officials have not committed to the project long-term yet. The Culver City meeting concluded with the city council ultimately voting to hire consultants who could assess the overall feasibility, risks, and benefits of the Elon Musk-led tunneling startup's initiatives before it can make a final decision.