Virginia Officials Say The Boring Company Tunnels Are All Show, So No-Go

While Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has been awarded contracts for a couple of tunneling projects across the United States, Virginia doesn’t appear to have much faith in the entrepreneur’s radical transportation solution.

Earlier this year, Virginia transit officials flew to California to take a look at the test tunnel The Boring Company built near Tesla’s headquarters in Hawthorne. They walked away unimpressed, Virginia Mercury reports.

“It’s a car in a very small tunnel,” Virginia’s chief of rail transportation Michael McLaughlin told the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s public transit subcommittee. “If one day we decide it’s feasible, we’ll obviously come back to you.”

The criticism of what The Boring Company didn’t stop there; in fact, Commonwealth Transportation Board member Scott Kasprowicz suggesting that Musk’s latest venture hasn’t accomplished anything important just yet.

“I think there’s a lot of show going on here. I don’t mean to suggest that they don’t have a serious plan in mind, but I don’t consider the steps they’ve taken to date to be substantive,” Kasprowicz said.

“They’ve purchased a used boring machine. They’ve put a bore in the neighborhood where they developed the SpaceX product, and they’ve taken a Model 3 and put guidewheels on it and they’re running it through the tunnel at 60 miles per hour.”

According to Kasprowicz, The Boring Company could be decades away from offering states meaningful new transportation options. He also noted that Musk is the only major investor in The Boring Company and suggested outside funding will be needed for the company to successfully deliver large infrastructure projects.

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  • Six_Tymes

    “They’ve purchased a used boring machine. They’ve put a bore in the neighborhood where they developed the SpaceX product, and they’ve taken a Model 3 and put guidewheels on it and they’re running it through the tunnel at 60 miles per hour.”

    LMAO!!!

    I smell a scam.

    • helloWorld

      musk is nothing but scams

      • javier

        can you say enron

  • I GUESS VIRGINIA WON’T BE A CUSTOMER. I’M CURIOUS HOW THE BORING COMPANY GOT HOLD OF A “USED” BORING MACHINE. I THOUGHT THEY WERE HOME GROWN.

    • Sovereignty

      We have been building routes like this for buses above ground for years. The one in Cambridge opened in 2011. We call them Guided Busways. All Elon has done has fitted the tech to a Tesla and stuck it in a tunnel. Elon’s fans may be thrilled with the idea, but it’s certainly nothing new.

  • Bananarama

    Tiny tunnels. What an innovation…
    Pulling passengers cars with as little as a single person. There’s are just very poorly though-out and poorly-implemented versions of a subway, but with far less capacity…

  • Bash

    This doesn’t surprise me.

  • McFly

    I’ve never seen the point of putting an electrical car, fitted with autonomous driving systems, on a trolley. It’s like putting a train on a train.

    Americans need to learn from civilised countries how to use public transportation instead of coming up with awkward “solutions”. 🙂

    • ChrisInIL

      We learned long ago how to use public transportation.

      It’s called the Eisenhower Interstate System.

      • McFly

        Q.E.D. 🙂

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  • europeon

    Rewind a few years ago when everyone was calling Elon a genius for the Hyperloop and the Boring Company, and people (like myself) that called his BS scams were bashed like heretics… Just like it happened with “SOLAR FREAKIN’ ROADWAYS”.

  • Enter Ranting

    Has Elon called the Virginia officials child molesters on Twitter yet?

  • Liam Paul

    why do people believe Elon, he lies more than I Breath

  • robotlogic

    I find it almost comical when someone that has never created anything attempts to belittle the early versions of inventors creations. “Look at those silly Wright brothers and their giant kite, what good is that thing?”

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