Musk makes pitch for ambitious LA tunnel plan

Elon Musk's Boring Company to offer 150mph'Loop ride in Los Angeles for $1

A 2.7-mile (4.3-kilometer) test tunnel Musk proposes to build ran into headwinds from neighborhood organizations after a city council committee voted to let Boring Co. go ahead with the project without an environmental review.

Lawsuits filed by Los Angeles activists have threatened to sideline a test tunnel planned by Elon Musk's The Boring Company to be the first step toward a hyper-fast transportation system under the city, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Earlier in the evening Musk retweeted an LA Metro tweet that said it's coordinating with The Boring Company on its test and said the two will be "partners" going forward.

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".

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A crowd of about 700 people, followers of Musk, a few seen wearing Tesla Company hats, cheering along to numerous comments made by Musk and the answers given by Musk for various questions asked after his presentation was quite challenging. Musk "envisions dozens to hundreds of small stations, about the size of a single or double auto parking spot, to alleviate traffic at any one spot".

To rally support, Musk has promised free rides for the public. They will coordinate with us as they move ahead with their proof of concept tunnel under Sepulveda Boulevard to ensure it doesn't interfere with our Sepulveda Transit Corridor rail project.

A slightly shorter test tunnel is already largely finished underneath the tiny neighboring municipality of Hawthorne, where Boring and SpaceX are both headquartered. These tunnels were not yet part of his cross-country "Hyperloop" system, which would ferry people in tubes travelling at airline speeds at a much lower cost. (Induced demand suggests that traffic creates latent demand for road use, and new roads bring that suppressed demand out, creating endlessly increasing traffic.) Instead, the fact that you can build tunnels underneath other tunnels for hundreds of miles would prevent gridlock in an underground labyrinth, he said. As part of its payload the Falcon Heavy is carrying Musk's cherry red Roadster from Tesla, his electric auto company. But although the entrepreneur has always been long on vision, the City of Los Angeles is a complex, sprawling place. Musk said there were challenges in working out a delivery system: "I guess they don't like it if you ship things with propane".

Musk says he's eager to get public input.

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