FILE PHOTO: Electric locomotives and tunnel boring equipment are displayed before an unveiling event for the Boring Co. Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, California, U.S.,December 18, 2018. Robyn Beck/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoMore

By David Shepardson

(Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday issued a draft environmental assessment for a Washington, D.C. to Baltimore tunnel that would carry passengers between the cities at high speeds in autonomous electric vehicles, the first step in a joint federal-state review of the Elon Musk project.

Musk’s Boring Co has proposed a privately funded 35.3-mile “loop project” that would include twin underground tunnels transporting passengers at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.

The company says passengers would be able to travel from downtown Washington to Baltimore in as little as

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