Elon Musk Announces Opening Date of His High-Speed Underground Tunnel

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 22, 2018

In April, the Los Angeles City Council's public works committee unanimously approved an environmental review exemption for a Boring Co. tunnel that could run 2.7 miles through West L.A.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, tweeted on Sunday that his Boring Company, which aims to lower the cost of building high-speed transit tunnels, had nearly completed its first tunnel. A bank of elevators would take pedestrians, cyclists or cars from street-level stations to underground tunnel stops.

The Test Tunnel, as it's called, is the first leg of Musk's underground tunnel system located underneath the streets of Hawthorne, California.

The news comes after rival HyperloopTT said its first capsule train, holding up to 40 passengers and travelling at speeds of up to 760 miles per hour, will be operational next year.

Work began on that project around the start of 2017, when Musk moved excavation equipment into what was then SpaceX's tiny employee parking lot and began digging. By lowering the cost of building tunnels and providing a transit alternative to driving, the company would help alleviate city congestion and offer high-speed transportation options across the country.

A Tesla inside the Boring Company test tunnel.

The Boring Company also aims to enable ultra high-speed transit through the use of pod-and-tube transportation systems, known as a Hyperloop.

Another visionary entrepreneur, Richard Branson, who like Musk also is involved in space travel, is backing a Virgin Hyperloop One which has been testing in Nevada and opened a research center in southern Spain.

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