Elon Musk says he has “verbal” government approval to construct transit system he poached from other engineers – KEITH A. SPENCER THURSDAY, JUL 20, 2017 03:14 PM PDT


The vague, evidence-free announcement from Musk follows a pattern of unsubstantiated hype over stolen ideas

Elon Musk says he has “verbal” government approval to construct transit system he poached from other engineers

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Inc., announced on Twitter today that he had “verbal approval” from Donald Trump’s federal government to build an underground tunnel from New York City to Washington, D.C. for his evacuated tube transit concept, known as the Hyperloop.

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Musk’s tweet was scant on details — most crucially, what government official or agency gave him “verbal” permission, and what that means; obviously, a “verbal” approval does not a contract make. To be feasible, Musk’s tunnel-boring The Boring Company would need approval from the Federal Transit Administration, which generally provides public funds for building similar expensive transit systems, in particular, urban subways and commuter rails.

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