Elon Musk brings high-tech charm offensive to Los Angeles tunnel plan


Elon Musk touted a partnership between the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) and The Boring Company, his tunnel-digging venture.

The Brentwood Residents Coalition and the Sunset Coalition are suing Los Angeles, claiming that the tunnel is really part of a planned transit system and should therefore the city should not have granted it exemption from standard environmental reviews.

Musk specifically said that the plan is to offer rides that cost a $1 and carry up to 16 passengers through a tunnel network to small, parking space-size tunnels located across the city.

According to the city, the proposed tunnel would begin with the entry/exit point at 2352-6 Sepulveda Boulevard, north of West Pico Boulevard, in West Los Angeles.

This new Boring Company tunnel was announced last month and will serve as a new full proof-of-concept for the company. Musk is now promising speeds of 150 miles per hour, and says that rides on this futuristic looking mode of transport will cost just a single dollar.

A first glimpse of an "almost done" two mile-long test tunnel in Los Angeles has been shared on Twitter and Instagram by Tesla-founder Elon Musk.

In January, it emerged that Musk's plans to dig a tunnel under Los Angeles to beat the city's notorious traffic had come a step closer to reality.

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Still, questions about the test-tunnel project largely dominated the meeting on Thursday night. The trip now can easily take more than an hour by auto. Musk commented, "we're not suggesting this to the exclusion of other approaches". A trip from download LA to the airport would take just 8 minutes, he promised.

"You won't hear us, you won't see us, you won't feel us".

The nearly completed dry run is created to make sure plans actually work - if it doesn't, the city can request the tunnel is filled in with concrete or soil.

"This is definitely going to happen", she told Anderson, noting that it should be ready in about 10 years in "Gwynne time" ("I'm sure Elon will want us to go faster").

Musk said that Boring Company Loop's vision of the future would be much more congruous with city life than subways, and that while it was very hard to weave large stations into a city, building many more parking spot-sized stations could theoretically be much more effective.

The company assured citizens that if the top soil moves by as little as half an inch (one cm), work will stop immediately.