Elon Musk's Boring Company is 'almost done' with its LA tunnel

Gwen Vasquez
May 18, 2018

This evening, Boring Company executives Elon Musk and Steve Davis offered a few more details about their plans to revolutionize LA urban transit, introducing the "Loop" which would eventually be composed of all-electric pods that transport up to 16 passengers at a time.

It was a rare appearance for Mr Musk at such a public event, a town hall-style gathering attended by about 700 people at the Leo Baeck Temple, a synagogue in the city's affluent Bel-Air district, where Mr Musk has a home.

Whether staunch critics were swayed remained to be seen.

LA Metro was apparently concerned about the Boring Company's latest plan for a tunnel in West Los Angeles potentially interfering with their local rail system, but now they say that they will partner with the startup going forward.

The Boring expansion comes as Musk wrestles with production problems for the rollout of the Model 3 sedan at Tesla, his electric vehicle and energy-storage business.

Resistance to his tunneling project marks a somewhat new type of challenge for Musk.

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But Musk denied trying to take any shortcuts, saying even with the waiver, Boring faces "600 pages of permits that would be required for this tunnel".

To get moving towards this "Loop" vision, the company will begin with a 2.7 mile test tunnel on private property with private funds.

Boring says the tunnel would serve as an experimental proof-of-concept site to demonstrate ideas for a traffic-easing system Musk wants to build to rapidly whisk individual cars and small groups of pedestrians from place to place beneath the surface.

The Boring Co. has already cleared some regulatory hurdles for the tunnel along Sepulveda Boulevard, which would connect with a two-mile test track that's under construction in Hawthorne across from SpaceX headquarters.

On that note, Musk talked about one transit concept, called Loop, a zero-emissions high-speed transit system that could travel up to 150 miles per hour, and carry passengers from downtown LA to the Los Angeles International Airport in eight minutes. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging...'.

The full-fledged project would include a tunnel along Los Angeles' notoriously busy 405 Freeway where, Musk said, traffic varied between the seventh and the eighth circles of hell.

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