Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Elon Musk's LA Tunnel System Costs $1 for a 150MPH Loop Ride

Elon Musk's LA Tunnel System Costs $1 for a 150MPH Loop Ride

While the company has chiefly been in the news for its unique efforts to raise money by selling hats and flamethrowers, Elon sought to throw some light on the project's progress yesterday at a rare public appearance in a Boring Company Information Session in Los Angeles.

To rally support, Musk has promised free rides for the public.

Musk launched his foray into public transit after complaining about traffic on Twitter in late 2016, vowing to "build a boring machine and just start digging".

That's the promise of the Boring Company in a nutshell.

SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, previously mused about the plan at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide a year ago. It has planned a tunnel for an underground train system of its own under the Sepulveda Pass, the same area where Boring has said it would like to work.

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 tunnels would be small and no bigger than parking size, located throughout the city.

Tesla-driving Angelenos may soon be able to hop out of their battery-powered vehicle, board an electric pod in a Boring Co. tunnel and get to the port where SpaceX is about to build massive rockets that it aims to fly to Mars.

Test tunnel
A map shows the proposed route for a 2.7-mile prototype tunnel

Whether Elon Musk will be announcing a joint venture between The Boring Company and SpaceX at Thursday's talk in Los Angeles is unclear, but enough hints have been made to suggest that this may indeed be the case.

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. Pods would use on-ramps and off-ramps rather than running like a subway line.

"I like the fact that brilliant guys are driving around Los Angeles trying to figure out how to make things better", said John Given, a lawyer representing the groups, referring to Musk's gridlock-inspired idea for tunnels.

The plan calls for excavated soil to be compacted into concrete reinforcement segments for the tunnels, or turned into construction bricks.

Musk said if the tunneling could move at one-tenth of walking speed, a mile could be completed every three hours.

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

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