Elon Musk pitches 150 miles per hour rides in Boring Company tunnels for $1

Eloise Marshall
May 18, 2018

SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell recently had a conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson during which she provided an update on SpaceX's BFR Earth-to-Earth transportation plan, which Musk unveiled in September.

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

Worth mentioning, Elon Musk's company has spent last few years digging or "boring" underground tunnels in Los Angeles.

Musk said the rides will be a subway-rail service which he called as a 'Loop.' He described the tunnels as "almost like an autonomous, underground multi-level vehicle system", which may eventually number in the thousands.

Test runs in the loop have hit a couple of hundred miles per hour.

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Whether Elon Musk will be announcing a joint venture between The Boring Company and SpaceX at Thursday's talk in Los Angeles is unclear, but enough hints have been made to suggest that this may indeed be the case. During a Thursday night session that lasted almost an hour, Musk and the Boring Company's project leader, Steve Davis, laid out their case for building a network of tunnels 30 feet or more beneath Los Angeles, starting with a 2.7-mile "proof of concept" dig.

The City Council approved Boring's request to exempt the tunnel from a lengthy environmental impact review, however, the company's plans have hit a recent snag after a court challenge from two neighbourhood organisations to halt development. To expand his vision of creating a new form of transport.

Musk says the system will prioritize pedestrians and have thousands of parking space-size stations that "blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city".

The tunnel would use pods transporting 16 passengers at a time at high speeds, cutting down on commuting times in the congested city. "For tunnels you can have hundreds of lanes, there's no real limit", he said. "It's the only way we can think of to address the chronic traffic issues in major cities", Musk said. He noted that they would but given the length of the process would do so once moving towards a larger-scale project rather than on one of the test tunnels. The site of that test tunnel is ensconced in a largely affluent part of the city, where locals are typically averse to projects that might disrupt daily life. You won't see us. "We are going to be the best possible community member", he said.

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