Elon Musk has a longstanding habit of trying to shake up the status quo, from Tesla, to SolarCity, to his ideas for a Hyperloop, and finally his new drill-boring machine, appropriately titled The Boring Company.
According to Musk, the Hyperloop from NYC to DC would follow this route: New York City – Philadelphia – Baltimore – Washington DC, with a total travel time of 29 minutes.
That’s going to put the kibosh on any lightning-fast plan to get a Hyperloop up and running.
In fact, other organizations, like Amtrak, are likely to fight against the deal, since it would directly threaten one of the of the company’s most profitable routes, the Acela Express, which runs through most of the same route that Musk’s Hyperloop would cover.
That kind of speed would seem to imply very few stops along the way, backed up by his statement that the Hyperloop will run from “city center to city center with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city.” Right now, the smart explanation is that what Musk is really looking for is funding for The Boring Company — a fact the man seemed to confirm in a response to his initial tweet.