Elon Musk To Make Public Appearance, Answer Questions On LA Tunnel Plan

18 May, 2018, 16:44 | Author: Kristen Mcgee
  • The Boring Company

Boring's effort to win fast-track city approval of a 2.7-mile-long tunnel beneath a busy stretch of Los Angeles' West Side has drawn a court challenge from two neighborhood organizations.

During a Thursday night session that lasted almost an hour, Musk and the Boring Company's project leader, Steve Davis, laid out their case for building a network of tunnels 30 feet or more beneath Los Angeles, starting with a 2.7-mile "proof of concept" dig.

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.

Musk made a splash on social media and in the tech world early this year after the sale of $3.5 million worth of flamethrowers went viral. Eventually, The Boring Company would offer rides in this tunnel for feedback, "like a weird little Disney ride in LA", Musk said.

The Boring Company's angle has always been to make tunnel digging more efficient, and Musk has purchased a second-hand machine for his company to study, which has been christened "Godot".

A crowd of about 700 people, followers of Musk, a few seen wearing Tesla Company hats, cheering along to numerous comments made by Musk and the answers given by Musk for various questions asked after his presentation was quite challenging. It's the first step toward a 60-mile tunnel network across the city.

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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. The company is working on solutions for both of those issues, and Musk again mentioned the possibility of selling bricks and life-size Lego-like blocks.

According to his plans, the privately-funded tunnel will carry cars on "electric skates" at 150 miles per hour (240 kph) to ease LA's "soul-destroying" congestion. "Almost like an autonomous underground, multi-level vehicle system… that costs a dollar".

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

In October 2017, Musk shared the first image of the Boring Company's test tunnel under SpaceX's headquarters.

The government of neighboring Culver City has also expressed concern about how Los Angeles' government handled the project.

Elon Musk's needs to make use of the largest rocket SpaceX has ever constructed to ferry people across the globe, promising passengers the flexibility to get wherever on Earth in below an hour.

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