Elon Musk says first tunnel is nearly done, opens December 10: tweet

Gladys Abbott
October 23, 2018

Elon Musk attends the premiere and Q&A for "Do You Trust This Computer?" at The Regency Village Theatre in Westwood on April 5, 2018.

Boring Company founder Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the company's first tunnel is set to be completed before the end of the year. Steve Kuzj reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on October 21, 218.

Posting on Twitter on Sunday night, the Boring Company founder and CEO announced the first test tunnel of the ambitious ultra-high-speed hyperloop project in Los Angeles will be open for public rides on December 11.

Through his tunnel-digging firm, the Boring Company, Musk envisions the construction of a zero-emissions underground transit system that transports people using high-speed electric sleds. In June he said the fare would be $1 per passenger.

Musk's goal in designing an underground tunnel system is to "solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic", the Boring Company says on its website.

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In a presentation in Los Angeles in May, Musk said vehicles could reach downtown LA from its global airport in under 10 minutes, with a long-term objective of reaching over 300 miles an hour. One of the proposed routes would take passengers from the District to NY in under 30 minutes.

The company has also touted plans to have its systems run high-speed travel between cities.

The company is also working on other projects including a Dugout Loop in Los Angeles to transport baseball fans directly to Dodger Stadium, and an express service from O'Hare airport to downtown Chicago.

Musk has a reputation for often missing his own timelines, which prompted someone on Twitter to ask if the December 10 date is "in real time or Elon time?"

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