Elon Musk Shows Off LA Tunnel Construction

Jay Jacobs
July 2, 2017

"Should be operating next week", Musk wrote, while providing a glimpse of an elevator shaft that will take cars into the depths of his tunnel system. If Musk's tenacity is any indication, we will probably be utilizing The Boring Company tunnels in Los Angeles and other cities relatively soon.

Musk's main goal is to dig tunnels under all of LA that can be used to transport cars, bikes and even people in order to reduce traffic congestion above ground.

"Unlike flying cars, tunnels are weatherproof, out of sight and won't fall on your head", the Boring Company's site said. More options will be added to the configurator as production ramps up, Musk said.

On Friday, Elon Musk posted a series of tweets that at first seemed a bit odd ("I love floors"), but that quickly proved to be a lead-up for an exciting update about The Boring Company.

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Musk had previously told Bloomberg he planned to create a large underground network that would include 30 levels of tunnels for cars and high-speed trains, like the Hyperloop.

The billionaire tech visionary tweeted late Wednesday that his "Godot" tunneling machine had "begun boring and just completed the first segment of tunnel in LA".

At the TED Conference in April, the Tesla CEO showed an animation illustrating how the tunnel system would work. Nevertheless, the Boring Company has been making progress. Earlier this year, a Twitter conversation with Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes saw Musk pledge to help solve South Australia's energy problems.

Musk has said a auto skate will transport vehicles through the future tunnels at speeds reaching 130 miles per hour during a TED Talk in April. Garcetti said he was considering using Musk's tunnel to support the rail connection. Musk said last month that the first tunnel would run from LAX to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks, with later tunnels covering more of the greater LA area.

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