Elon Musk promises $1 tunnel rides at 240 kmph in LA

Elon Musk promises $1 tunnel rides at 240 kmph in LA

"Like a weird little Disney ride in L.A.", Musk, casually dressed in denim, said to laughter and applause.

Musk says he's eager to get public input.

Musk was joined by The Boring Company director Steve Davis.

It's a massive infrastructure project and not everyone is on board, but the company apparently found a new partner: LA Metro.

Musk's celebrity status preceded him, as some visitors pushed and shoved their way into the crowded hall before the event began.

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.

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What this could very well mean is that The Boring Company and SpaceX might just be teaming up to build a myriad of hyperloop systems in Los Angeles so that commuters would not only be able to avoid traffic, but might also one day be able to hop on one of Musk's BFR rockets and catch a flight to Shanghai, arriving in less than 60 minutes.

Resistance to his tunneling project marks a somewhat new type of challenge for Musk.

The Los Angeles City Council's public works committee last month approved Boring's request to exempt the tunnel from a lengthy environmental impact review that would otherwise be required under state law. The company, however, is taking baby, comparatively boring, steps in LA first. He added he has every intent of submitting to a full environmental study for the tunnel network as a whole when the time comes. The project would involve hundreds of entrances where travelers in pods could descend to the network of tunnels that will shuttle them at high speeds across the city. Though he didn't explicitly say it, Musk hinted that he plans to combine the startup's hyperloop technology with SpaceX's rockets to create an ultra-fast transportation system.

"You won't hear us, you won't see us, you won't feel us".

Musk launched his foray into public transit after complaining about traffic on Twitter in late 2016, vowing to "build a boring machine and just start digging". Musk's Boring Co network, if and when it gets built, would ferry passengers from Dodger Stadium near downtown LA to Los Angeles International Airport in 10 minutes, according to the presentation Musk made Thursday evening at the Leo Baeck Temple in the affluent Bel-Air neighborhood.

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