Elon Musk's The Boring Company reveals yet another of its growing list of tunnel routes, which will now prioritize pedestrian travel in "bus-like" electric sleds.
We recently shared Musk's new plan to prioritize pedestrian and bicycle travel in these multi-passenger sleds. Not long ago, part of the Los Angeles tunnel route was shared. Now, The Boring Company has updated its website with East Coast "loop" information.
It seems the company is continuously updating the website with images, maps, and details, as plans adapt and unfold. Below is the new map showing the 15-minute Washington D.C./Baltimore loop:
Musk first spoke of the new route when he reported on social media that he'd received "verbal gov't approval" for a tunnel system from New York to Washington D.C.
It seemed that there was little information to support the approval, where it had come from, and what it really meant. Nonetheless, digging started in Maryland and the plan has been moving forward ever since.
There are a wealth of new details on the company's website, which you can read by following the link at the bottom of the page. Some key takeaways are included here:
The proposed twin tunnels would run in parallel for approximately 35 miles from downtown DC to downtown Baltimore, beneath New York Avenue and then the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. This would serve as the central artery for a potential future transportation network which would hopefully be extended to New York.
Loop tunnels are designed to be compatible with Hyperloop requirements (see FAQ for the difference between Loop and Hyperloop). A Hyperloop trip from DC to New York would be less than 30 minutes, so we are hopeful that this tunnel could eventually be part of that trip.
Passengers would be able to travel from downtown DC to downtown Baltimore in approximately 15 minutes. Travel time to spots along the way vary linearly with distance – in other words, a trip from DC to Greenbelt would take approximately 5 minutes. With Loop, all trips are express, independent of the number of stops along the alignment.