The Boring Company Has Almost Finished Digging A Tunnel Under LA

The Boring Company has almost completed construction of a test tunnel under Los Angeles, which Elon Musk says will be open to public test rides in the coming months.

While Musk continues to deal with bottlenecks that are slowing production of the entry-level Tesla Model 3, he is still finding time to pursue his goal of fixing traffic congestion under LA.

Taking to Instagram, the outspoken entrepreneur and CEO posted a video from inside The Boring Company’s LA test tunnel. It apparently spans roughly two miles. and while it doesn’t appear anywhere near that long to our eyes, it does serve as proof of just how seriously Musk is taking this business.

You’ll still have to wait a while before it becomes operational

Before any member of the public can go for a ride through the tunnel, presumably on one of the company’s proposed sleds, The Boring Company will need regulatory approval. If everything pans out, Musk says the commercial version will offer rides to passengers for less than they’d pay for a bus ticket.

When The Boring Company was first established, Musk envisioned a system of interconnected tunnels where passenger cars would ride on high-speed sleds to avoid traffic. However, the company has since changed its focus and will initially cater for mass transit needs with public buses that ride on the sleds.

 

  • LWOAP

    That’s a tunnel to Elon’s secret hideout.

  • john1168

    Are there other tunnels in LA? I thought there were no tunnels in the LA area because of earthquakes. I wonder how earthquake resistant these Tesla tunnels will be?

    • Dr Strangefingger

      They probably won’t collapse, but could catch fire at any time!

  • Dr Strangefingger

    This is James Bond [email protected]# y’all!!

    • scalextric

      Indeed. There’s a station near the MI6 head quarters on the London Underground – electrified underground transport since 1863!

  • benT

    Maybe they will have a “hill trolley” type downhill race for 10 passengers to tka people through on rubber wheels ?
    ;?>

  • eb110americana

    My big question is about how they hope to seal the tunnel, as the transit system is supposed to operate in a vacuum. I think they could make that work initially, but it seems to me that shifts in the surrounding soil are sure to cause leaks.

    • McF1

      It was meant to be a vacuum, but the latest concept is non-vacuum.
      The ideas keep on changing.
      The video in this CarScoops article shows the latest concept;
      https://www.carscoops.com/2018/03/elon-musk-says-hyperloops-will-prioritize-passengers-instead-cars/

      • eb110americana

        It looks like they are just underground roads with small buses on them. That could work, but it is surprisingly conventional for Elon Musk, and I’m not quite sure why that kind of infrastructure would be privatized separately from simply building more roads/lanes.

        I’m pretty certain the Hyperloop part of it would still have to be in a vacuum if he is shooting for 700 mph speeds. I don’t really see a way for that to work with many stops along the way though, so perhaps this is a different solution for populous areas like LA. Building a 350 mile vacuum tube from LA to San Francisco is no mean feat though, so they are likely starting small in the hopes of funding the bigger picture–assuming it ever makes it that far.

  • McF1

    “…pods for pedestrians & cyclists for less than the cost of a bus ticket…”
    Is “pods” another word for “trains”?

    • LWOAP

      No, they’re reinventing the train.

  • Arthur Burnside

    After engineers ripped to shreds Musk’s design for a hyperloop transport system, Musk now changes his tune about his wonderful tunnels. He also admitted that his semi vehicle is probably never going to get built.

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