Elon Musk tackling Dodger Stadium traffic problem with the 'Dugout Loop'

Ross Houston
August 17, 2018

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Besides the challenges of tunneling under some of LA's oldest and most crowded neighborhoods, the Dugout Loop appears to be, in fact, a very modest proposal from Musk, unlike the high-speed link proposed in Chicago to ferry visitors from O'Hare to downtown in 12 minutes. The Boring Company plans to position a number of their carriages at one end and sell tickets with fixed departure times.

The Dugout Loop would terminate near one of three Metro Red Line Stations - Vermont/Sunset, Vermont/Santa Monica, or Vermont/Beverly - and would have an initial capacity of 1,400 people per event at Dodger Stadium. As Elon Musk recently learned the hard way, tweeting a plan and actually bringing it to fruition are two very different things.

Metro has its Dodger Stadium Express bus.

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles is tucked between a park and a freeway, and the surrounding area suffers from traffic jams during events.

A view of what the eastern terminus, near Dodger Stadium, will look like.

The Boring Company says it'll cover the cost of digging the roughly 3.6-mile tunnel with no public funding sought.

Musk says the project would take 14 months to complete and fares would be around $1.

The company assures that noise from the tunneling will be basically undetectable from the street, as the tunnel will be 30 feet (9.1 meters) underground and deeper in some places if the tunnel might interfere with city infrastructure.

The project would be "100% privately funded" and "require zero taxpayer dollars". The Boring Company will pay for all construction itself, without funding from the city. While "solving" rush hour was seen as too complex of an issue, The Boring Company chose Dodger Stadium, because the game times and the direction people were going provided a tangible way of being able to solve a traffic problem. It is working with the city to study potential environmental impacts. It is now undertaking environmental studies under the California Environmental Quality Act and plans a public scoping meeting on the project at Dodger Stadium at the end of August.

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