The Boring Company propose DC to Baltimore Loop project



Something The Boring Company is calling 'Loop' is being proposed to various government agencies in the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas. This would bring a twin tunnel system between D.C. and Baltimore which would be a main route for a potentially expanded future network.

Which agencies are involved exactly? Apparently a lot of them are involved in this type of thing according to TBC:

  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Railroad Administration
  • National Park Service
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • National Capital Planning Commission
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • DC Department of Transportation
  • Baltimore City
  • Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Others - many federal/state/local agencies and bodies
According to their FAQ, Loop differs from Hyperloop in that it uses electric skates to propel its passengers at a rate of 125-150 miles per hour instead of the electric pods of a Hyperloop traveling at 600+ mph. Both methods of transportation will transport 8-16 passengers or a single vehicle, the defining difference seems to come down to a vacuum being applied to the tunnel or not.

While the Loop does not draw a vacuum, it's tunnels are apparently compatible with Hyperloop requirements, meaning a future expansion could mean an upgrade one day to full blown Hyperloop capability.

The tunnels would be at least 30 feet deep, 12-24 feet in diameter and construction would take approximately 1-2 years if approved.