Elon Musk’s Boring Company has unveiled its plans for an East Coast Loop between Washington DC and Baltimore.
The Washing DC-to-Baltimore Loop is envisaged to be parallel, twin underground tunnels, running for 56km from downtown Washington DC to downtown Baltimore.
The Loop would transport passengers in autonomous electric skates travelling at 201km to 241km per hour, and could carry between eight and 16 passengers to be mass transit, or a single passenger vehicle.
The company has estimated that approximately four TBM launch ‘pits’ would be located on private property adjacent to the alignment and construction of the pits would take approximately four weeks.
There would be around 20 (and no more than 70) ventilation shafts/emergency exits) also located on private property adjacent to the alignment, and the shafts would be between 3.6m and 7.1m in diameter. A connecting tunnel would also be built between the shaft and the tunnel.
Built at least 9.1m below ground, the company believes that construction would take between 12 and 20 months, and locations of the new stations would be determined with the local authorities, built on private land and would only need to be the size of a few parking spaces.
The currently proposed construction is for the central artery tunnel, and not for the stations.
Passengers would be able to travel from downtown Washington DC to downtown Baltimore in approximately 15 minutes and the system could be used by pedestrians, cyclists and cars - although the former will be prioritised over cars.
According to the Boring Company, this new loop could serve as the central artery for a potential future transportation network which would be extended to New York, with the possibility of a hyperloop trip from Washington DC to New York taking fewer than 30 minutes.
Earlier this month, it was announced that The Boring Company was one of two bidders left in the race to design, build, finance, operate and maintain Chicago’s proposed O’Hare transit express.