Elon Musk promises $1 tunnel rides at 240 kmph in LA
18 May, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Darnell Taylor
Elon Musk brought his vision of a high-speed transportation system underneath sprawling and traffic-clogged Los Angeles to an overwhelmingly supportive crowd at a hearing for local residents. Musk also noted that he hoped the Loop would supplement existing transport systems and connect public transport lines.
It's a massive infrastructure project and not everyone is on board, but the company apparently found a new partner: LA Metro. Half-joking that he was late because of heavy traffic, Musk received a rousing welcome as he arrived, and a standing ovation at the end of the hour-long session.
Plans call for excavating a 2.7-mile (4.4-km) passage below a stretch of the congested Sepulveda Boulevard corridor on the West Side of Los Angeles and the adjacent town of Culver City.
The Boring Company
He shared a timelapse video last week zooming through the Hawthorne tunnel, saying the company plans to offer free demonstration rides to the public "in a few months". The company, however, is taking baby, comparatively boring, steps in LA first.
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. He added he has every intent of submitting to a full environmental study for the tunnel network as a whole when the time comes. Musk said, "If you can build a tunnel in L.A., you can build a tunnel anywhere", concerning the numerous challenges the test tunnel would need to overcome in the city, including the regulations, oil fields, methane gas, and seismic conditions.
On that note, Musk talked about one transit concept, called Loop, a zero-emissions high-speed transit system that could travel up to 150 miles per hour, and carry passengers from downtown LA to the Los Angeles International Airport in eight minutes. He noted that they would but given the length of the process would do so once moving towards a larger-scale project rather than on one of the test tunnels. You won't see us.
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.
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