Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Musk's Boring Company Pitches 10-Minute Tunnel Ride

Musk's Boring Company Pitches 10-Minute Tunnel Ride

The full-fledged project would include a tunnel along Los Angeles' notoriously busy 405 Freeway where, Musk said, traffic varied between the seventh and the eighth circles of hell. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging...'.

Musk also said tonight that The Boring Company has had success creating bricks from the muck that's been extracted during tunneling.

Elon Musk at a Hyperloop info session has revealed several other news on this.

Musk first had the idea to build congestion-dodging tunnels under LA while stuck in traffic in December 2016. These tunnels were not yet part of his cross-country "Hyperloop" system, which would ferry people in tubes travelling at airline speeds at a much lower cost.

Mr Musk, the Silicon Valley tycoon who founded Tesla, the electric vehicle company, said he would offer free trips through the first two research tunnels he completes to get public feedback before proceeding with a larger system.

And at a panel discussion in the American city last night, Musk gave a few more insights into what the company was hoping to achieve with the project.

"We're aiming to go over 300 miles an hour".

Fares for Loop could cost as little as $1 per person, Musk suggested, though the actual cost will likely depend on a number of factors, and require input from multiple local and regional agencies. However, because of its size and location, The Boring Co.'s proposed 2.7-mile Los Angeles tunnel falls within an exemption category, which could let the company off the hook for test purposes.

Musk said that Boring Company Loop's vision of the future would be much more congruous with city life than subways, and that while it was very hard to weave large stations into a city, building many more parking spot-sized stations could theoretically be much more effective.

It also comes as Musk wrestles with production problems for the rollout of his highly anticipated Model 3 sedan at Tesla, with some investors concerned his overlapping leadership roles at Boring and his rocket-building firm SpaceX has him spread too thin.

The extension runs 13.5 metres (44 feet) under public roads around the SpaceX headquarters, and is the first time the Boring Company has been allowed to dig outside of its property line.

"It's one [solution] we think could work and is worth trying", he said.

The plan calls for excavated soil to be compacted into concrete reinforcement segments for the tunnels, or turned into construction bricks.

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