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Tesla's Elon Musk is one step closer to creating a Hyperloop train in Maryland

Posted: 6:53 AM, Apr 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-18 12:45:47Z
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BALTIMORE — Elon Musk is one step closer to creating an underground tunnel that would allow you to get you from Baltimore to Washington D.C. in less than a half an hour.

The project reached an early milestone by completing its environment assessment. That means a draft of the project is finished and will now be available for the public to comment on over the next few weeks.

The U.S. Transportation Department made the announcement Wednesday. This is the project's first step in a joint federal-state review.

Musk plans to build underground tunnels that would transport people between Baltimore and D.C. in just 29 minutes. The proposed station terminals would be located near Camden Yards in Downtown Baltimore and on New York Avenue in the Capital.

Officials with the transportation department said this is an early milestone in the review and permitting process. The draft will be open for public comment for 45 days.

Once the draft becomes public, the Federal Highway Administration and Maryland Department of Transportation will review comments and decide if a formal environmental impact statement is necessary.

The final governmental approvals will depend on the outcome of the review and comment process.