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The concept that's taking shape blends two of Musk's passions that have been considered secondary to his day jobs as the CEO of the SpaceX rocket venture and the Tesla electric auto and battery venture.

It wasn't long after Elon Musk tweeted he had "verbal government approval" to build an underground Hyperloop from New York City to Washington, D.C. that questions started swirling.

Some city representatives, however, say no such talks have occurred.

"We're now getting comments from all the underground utilities and agencies who have live underground substructures" that could be impacted by the project, said Hawthorne's interim city manager, Arnie Shadbehr.

In a series of mysterious tweets that would not be taken seriously if it were practically any other corporate executive, Musk befuddled the transportation industry with claims that his latest venture is pursuing an ultra-high-speed rail network in the Northeast.

The billionaire entrepreneur didn't say who gave him the approval.

The Department of Transportation did not immediately return request for comment.

Either way, Musk's Boring Company will need more than a nod to build the high-speed transit system between two major cities. Musk has said the tunnels could also be used by the Hyperloop, his idea for a hypothetical magnetic train that can travel at 700 miles per hour through vacuum-sealed tubes.

Billionaire Musk said the system would be "city centre to city centre" and go travel more than 300 miles from NY to Washington in 29 minutes.

"We're digging a tunnel and it's kinda like sorta its oddly enough a low-stress activity cause like everyone expects it to fail", Musk said.

Today, he says, he has received "verbal government approval" for his tunneling project, The Boring Company, to build a hyperloop connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

In 2013, Musk said a hyperloop between Los Angeles and San Francisco would cost less than $6 billion and would take 7-10 years for completion.

The other passion is tunneling: Frustrated by L.A. traffic, Musk set up the Boring Company late past year to look into more efficient methods to dig tunnels.

Musk and his team are now working on a 500-foot test tunnel in Hawthorne.

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