Billionaire innovator Elon Musk claimed Thursday that he had received "verbal" government approval to build a futuristic underground rail system that would take riders from New York to Washington, D.C. in less than half an hour.
In a series of mysterious tweets that would not be taken seriously if it were practically any other corporate executive, Musk befuddled the transportation industry with claims that his latest venture is pursuing an ultra-high-speed rail network in the Northeast.
"Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop," Musk said.
He added that the system would ferry passengers from "city center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city."
It was not immediately clear what Musk meant by "verbal" government approval, which carries little weight in a world in which tunneling can require navigating a byzantine thicket of regulations. Tunneling from New York to Washington would require a gargantuan political feat, not to mention a prodigious amount of money.