Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Boring Company founder Elon Musk proposes 150 miles per hour tunnel rides for $1

Boring Company founder Elon Musk proposes 150 miles per hour tunnel rides for $1

However, the state of California seems to have conditionally approved of an exemption for The Boring Company from the requirement to obtain a permit under CEQA, or the California Environmental Quality Act.

Another big stakeholder in the Boring project is Los Angeles's Metropolitan Transportation Agency.

Video footage shared by Musk has revealed what a journey through the tunnel might look like.

SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, previously mused about the plan at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide previous year.

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. Two Brentwood groups have already filed lawsuits in response.

Locals have expressed some practical concerns, like whether it is safe to dig beneath a region that's prone to natural hazards like earthquakes, and whether underground utilities would be affected. "It wouldn't be possible to have a subway tunnel in L.A., which a lot of people do not realize exists, but there is a subway in L.A.", Musk said.

Hundreds of tunnels, hundreds of stations: Musk said hundreds of pod tunnels could be built beneath the surface, each with many points of entry that could be as small as a parking space.

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

In 2017, The Boring Company received an approval to build a Hyperloop network between Washington, D.C. and NY.

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.

What's interesting is that in his tweets, Musk says that the reason for prioritizing passengers (and presumably the reason for the low fare) is "courtesy and fairness", saying: "If someone can't afford a vehicle, they should go first".

"Highways are at the outer limit of their capacity", Musk said, adding that there are physical limitations to how wide transportation districts can expand a freeway.

The odd little presentation held at an LA synagogue started about 25 minutes behind schedule after a late arrival from Elon Musk who ironically said he got stuck in traffic.

Still, questions about the test-tunnel project largely dominated the meeting on Thursday night. 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 even know we even exist", said Steve Davis, with the Boring Company.

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