Elon Musk to offer $1 rides in Boring Company tunnels

Elon Musk details his plan to rid LA of traffic with $1 rides on the Boring Co. ‘Loop’		
	Lucas Matney

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Elon Musk details his plan to rid LA of traffic with $1 rides on the Boring Co. ‘Loop’ Lucas Matney 10 hours

It's no secret that entrepreneurial maverick Elon Musk has big plans for the future of public transportation.

"Excited for @boringcompany partnership with LA Metro", Musk later tweeted.

"We're aiming to go over 300 miles an hour. We'll be partners moving forward".

Infrastructure projects are notoriously hard for many reasons, not least of which is permitting. "Musk has not done it the right way, and he's standing there saying, 'Don't worry.' That doesn't assure me".

The billionaire's tunnel-digging firm, The Boring Company, is adding the finishing touches to its first ever track, ahead of its opening. The city council's public works committee waived environmental analysis that would still need full council approval. Musk promised at the hearing that took place on Thursday that if the company succeeds in building this dream network, it will do a complete report on environmental impact. "The only time you actually stop would be when you exit", Musk said.

A slightly shorter test tunnel is already largely finished underneath the tiny neighboring municipality of Hawthorne, where Boring and SpaceX are both headquartered. "Almost like an autonomous underground, multi-level auto system… that costs a dollar". Still, there might be some element of competition.

Musk specifically said that the plan is to offer rides that cost a $1 and carry up to 16 passengers through a tunnel network to small, parking space-size tunnels located across the city. Another issue raised about the tunnels is earthquakes.

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The CEO rejected the idea that induced demand would keep tunnels congested. "Once you get below 20 or 30 feet.it's just rock, basically", Musk said.

For now, though, the test tunnel will involve a "single tunnel shaft of private property" which will be shielded from view with a privacy screen.

The company assured citizens that if the top soil moves by as little as half an inch (one cm), work will stop immediately. A slide during the presentation noted that no streets would be closed, no homes or businesses would be tunneled under, and no tunneling noise or vibration would be felt.

It would turn a almost 15-hour flight from Shanghai to NY on a conventional airliner into just a 39-minute trip. "We have to figure out how to tunnel fast, safely, and at a cost that's not insane", he said. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging...'. Still "it's not like this thing is going to be ripping through neighborhoods", Musk said.

"We do want to be faster than a snail, which is way harder than it sounds", he told the meeting, according to a video on Bloomberg.

Part of this challenge is that team needs to stop drilling to remove all of the dirt, instead of drilling continuously. He teased that they would be delivered personally via a Boring Company van. "In the extreme, you could have a station in everyone's driveway", Davis said. "You're not dividing communities with lanes, and we think we can make this really fun".

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