Elon Musk promises $1 tunnel rides at 240 kmph in LA

Pablo Tucker
May 18, 2018

Musk revealed the cost of fares for his company's tunneling system under Los Angeles at a Boring Company information session on Thursday, reports CNBC. It has been billed as an opportunity to learn about Musk's "vision to alleviate soul-destroying traffic through Loop, a zero-emissions, high-speed, underground public transportation system!"

The test tunnel will stretch almost three miles along Sepulveda on LA's Westside, one of the most traffic-congested parts of the city. Last week, he showed off the first Boring Company tunnel under Los Angles, saying it's nearly done and awaiting regulatory approvals.

If you are wondering just how such fast transportation might be possible, look no further than the Ted Talk with SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell that Elon Musk also kindly posted for us.

Boring Company digging machine

Musk, the Silicon Valley high-tech tycoon who founded the Tesla Inc. electric vehicle maker, also said he would offer free trips through the first two research tunnels he completes to get public feedback before proceeding with a larger system.

The billionaire businessman Elon Musk told a cheering crowd that his dream of burrowing a high-speed network of "personalised mass transit" tunnels under Los Angeles could be achieved without disturbance or noise.

Still, questions about the test-tunnel project largely dominated the meeting on Thursday night.

The tunnels will be located 30 to 100 feet below ground and, unlike Uber's plans to take to the sky with UberAir, will be pretty much impossible to detect from above ground.

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". Musk theorizes that the Loop could take Los Angeles residents from downtown LA to any terminal at the LAX airport within 8 minutes for about $1.

In October 2017, Musk shared the first image of the Boring Company's test tunnel under SpaceX's headquarters. "You won't hear us".

'This is groundbreaking, this is establishing a precedent, and I think we all agree that we want to make sure that this goes off without a hitch, ' Hawthorne's Mayor Alex Vargas added at the meeting.

The 150-metre (500ft) shaft, excavated by The Boring Company, "should be two miles [3.2km] long in three or four months", Musk said at the time.

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