Driving a car from New York City to Washington, DC, takes nearly five hours with generally heavy traffic. That trip gets cut to about an hour when on a plane, without factoring in the additional time spent to get ready and have bags checked. A much more convenient option in half the time of a flight could be coming to the Northeast coast, but there’s a little controversy behind it.
On Thursday, entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted out that he “received verbal [government] approval” to construct an underground hyperloop that makes stops at four big cities: New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington. The announcement caused quite a stir, especially when there was the proclamation that a trip from one end to the other could be completed in less than a half hour.