Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

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

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

As Musk has previously noted, the Boring Company's focus will prioritize pedestrian traffic rather than pods that house vehicles. Elon Musk and project leader Steve Davis alluded that the team at The Boring Company is challenged to match the digging space of a snail (0.03 MPH) and get up to 1/10 of the average human walking speed of about 0.03 miles per hour, compared to the current pace of around 0.0003 miles per hour.

SpaceX and The Boring Company CEO Elon Musk has for the first time revealed his concept for a personalised mass transit system or "Loop" that will carry 16 people and travel at 240 km per hour for a fare of just $1.

The Boring Company presented plans to build a 6.5-mile (10.5 km) shaft under Culver City, California, at a council meeting. But the decision to seek an exemption at this stage was due to the fact that CEQA permitting "can take a year, sometime two years", Musk said.

In October 2017, Musk shared the first image of the Boring Company's test tunnel under SpaceX's headquarters. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging...'.


Writing on Instagram, he said: 'First Boring Company tunnel under LA nearly done!

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 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.

It's a massive infrastructure project and not everyone is on board, but the company apparently found a new partner: LA Metro.


"If you think about it, if I can do this trip in about half-an-hour to an hour, I can do dozens of these a day and yet a long-haul aircraft can only make one of those flights a day", she told the audience.

The big question is how the Boring Company's pitch will go over with the community in the West L.A. neighborhood where the 2.7-mile Sepulveda Boulevard test tunnel is to be built.

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. But although the entrepreneur has always been long on vision, the City of Los Angeles is a complex, sprawling place.


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