Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
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Elon Musk plans to build 150mph train system underneath Los Angeles

Elon Musk plans to build 150mph train system underneath Los Angeles

Elon Musk's vision of a high-speed transportation system was brought to reality underneath the rambling and traffic-clogged Los Angeles to an impressively supportive crowd during a hearing for residents.

If billionaire Elon Musk's tunnel vision comes to pass, travelers will be able to zip beneath Los Angeles through an underground Loop system at 150 miles per hour for about $1 a ride.

It's all part of The Boring Company's broader effort to develop a system of tunnels that could create the infrastructure needed for alternative mass transit. Opponents say the exemption Boring seeks from a lengthy environmental review of the Los Angeles test tunnel violates state law forbidding such waivers for large-scope projects on a piecemeal basis.

Musk, however, did not provide a time-line for his project that could get people from downtown to Los Angeles International Airport in eight minutes in a vacuum tube.

On Thursday night at 7 p.m.in Los Angeles, those lucky enough to have snapped up free tickets early will be able to see Elon Musk speaking at the Leo Baeck Temple and discussing The Boring Company's tunneling and hyperloop plans for the city. The tunnel would run southward under Sepulveda Blvd. and would end, without surfacing, below the vicinity of the intersection of Sepulveda Blvd. and Washington Boulevard in Culver City. Perhaps he'll share more details on this marriage between his two companies - like if LA will be the first city to get one of those spaceports.

The idea is to pack at least 100 passengers per flight on a super powerful rocket that Musk has dubbed the BFR - which is about two-and-a-half times the size of the Falcon Heavy rocket that put a Tesla into space in February (accidentally overshooting the orbit of Mars).


LA Metro was apparently concerned about the Boring Company's latest plan for a tunnel in West Los Angeles potentially interfering with their local rail system, but now they say that they will partner with the startup going forward.

You won't have to wait much longer for that Boring Company flamethrower.

In October 2017, Musk shared the first image of the Boring Company's test tunnel under SpaceX's headquarters.

"You won't hear us, you won't feel us, you won't even know we exist", Davis said. "We can actually sell the bricks at like 10 cents a brick", Musk said.

'The tunnel would contain a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates travelling at 125 to 150mph (200 to 240 kph)'.

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