Musk's Boring Company Pitches 10-Minute Tunnel Ride


In a rare public appearance here late on Thursday, the Tesla founder also unveiled the project details, including 2.7 miles of tunnel that will run north to south parallel to the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, CNET reported.

SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell recently had a conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson during which she provided an update on SpaceX's BFR Earth-to-Earth transportation plan, which Musk unveiled in September. What's more? Musk even offered a free ride to those who want to test his tunnels. Steve Davis, executive, Boring Company said that the tunnels from LA to San Francisco will be done within a few weeks.

Elon Musk's Boring Co network, if and when it gets built, would ferry passengers from Dodger Stadium near downtown LA to Los Angeles International Airport in 10 minutes.

Elon Musk's transportation system under the surface of LA finally has a name, and it's a play on his other transportation system Hyperloop.

Whether Elon Musk will be announcing a joint venture between The Boring Company and SpaceX at Thursday's talk in Los Angeles is unclear, but enough hints have been made to suggest that this may indeed be the case.

Locals have expressed some practical concerns, like whether it is safe to dig beneath a region that's prone to natural hazards like earthquakes, and whether underground utilities would be affected.

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The lawsuit from the Brentwood Residents Association and the Sunset Coalition alleges city officials violated the California Environmental Quality Act, which "can't be evaded by chopping large projects into smaller pieces that taken individually appear to have no significant environmental impacts".

The Boring Company's tunneling could create the infrastructure needed for new forms of transit, like Hyperloop.

Musk launched his foray into public transit after complaining on Twitter in December 2016 that clogged traffic was "driving me nuts", vowing to "build a boring machine and just start digging". The project would involve hundreds of entrances where travelers in pods could descend to the network of tunnels that will shuttle them at high speeds across the city. "For tunnels you can have hundreds of lanes, there's no real limit", he said.

One test tunnel has already been excavated near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.

"It's one [solution] we think could work and is worth trying", he said.