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Boring Company Reportedly to Dig in MD

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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The Boring Company, founded and spearheaded by billionaire Elon Musk, is on track to begin digging parallel transportation tunnels in Maryland, starting next month.

Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, recently confirmed that the state is working with the company for a “rapid electric transportation” system that would run between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. According to Electrek, this would be the first leg of a New York City-to-D.C. route.

Maryland Hyperloop

The original conditional utility permit was granted to the company on Oct. 16. Moving forward into January 2018, the Boring Company plans to dig two parallel, 12.4-mile transportation tunnels.

The start location is set for an area immediately north of state route 175, and the tunnel stretch is intended to terminate within a block of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in the city of Baltimore.

Reports from Capital News Service indicate that the development in Maryland could involve the use of electric skates in tunnels, on which cars would be conveyed, in line with a plan publicized by Musk earlier this year.

Musk also recently announced that the Boring Company will be getting another multimillion-dollar boring machine.

Original Plans

"The idea is eventually for the first leg to go from Washington to Baltimore or Baltimore to Washington—they are actually starting in the middle and going in both directions,” said Hogan. “The eventual plan is to go from Washington to New York in 24 minutes. Sounds like a pretty exciting proposition."

“It’s a private company, privately financed," Maryland governor's-office spokesperson Doug Mayer added. "The costs to the state will be extremely limited, if anything at all. The state has been working with them for multiple months on the permit process.”

The Tunnels
 
According to Musk’s design, announced in May, tunnels would transport cars on an electric skate, and there would potentially be room for a Hyperloop—a reduced-pressure tube that could shoot pod-like vehicles faster than an airliner. Individual cars would be lowered from regular roads to tunnels by parking on what Musk calls a “car skate,” which essentially functions like an elevator. From there, the skate’s speed coiuld exceed 130 miles per hour.
 
“There’s no real limit to how many levels of tunnels you can have,” Musk said in a statement. “The deepest mines are much deeper than the tallest buildings are tall.”

   

Tagged categories: Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Tunnel

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