Inverse » Elon Musk is getting dug into the nitty-gritty of city politics. The Boring Company, a venture the entrepreneur started two years ago, has been aiming to convince local legislators that the answers to their traffic woes is building lots of tunnels. City officials from Sydney to New York have mixed reactions, now that an initial 1.14-mile test tunnel (cost: $10 million) has been opened for assessment.
Baltimore Business Journal » The Federal Railroad Administration narrowed its list of possible routes down to two for a high-speed magnetic levitating train that would travel between Baltimore and Washington in just 15 minutes. Both of the proposed routes for the 300-mile-per-hour train would run next to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
WBAL-TV » Construction on the fastest train in the world could begin in two years in Maryland. A House committee got a briefing Thursday on the status of the MAGLEV from state transportation officials and project managers. The MAGLEV train traveling at 311 mph will take passengers from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., in 15 minutes.
The Washington Post » Rust was found on the steel rail that fractured in a Red Line derailment near Farragut North last week, but the cracked rail that probably caused the crash would have been imperceptible to track walkers and ultrasonic inspection technology, Metro officials said Thursday. Agency investigators are awaiting the results of metallurgy testing by outside experts, which are expected next month and may give a clearer indication about what caused the eight-foot section of track to crack at the start of the morning rush on Jan. 15.