Elon Musk presents THE tunnel plan


Elon Musk is Boring Company has submitted plans to build a Hyperloop tunnel in Culver City, California.

The plans were presented at a meeting of the council Monday by Jehn Balajadia, coordinator of operations of the company.

She said: “The purpose of the Bore of the Society is to relieve the soul-destroying traffic and increase transit.”

Mr. Musk, chief of Tesla Inc, and the Space Exploration Technologies Corp, has not spoken at the meeting.

A report from the Culver City office of the director, said: “The Boring Company proposed a private financing of human transport tunnel that would be under the west side of Los Angeles.

“The tunnel contains a high-speed underground transport system in which passengers are transported on stand-alone electric skates trip to 125-150 mph.”

The skates electric will be designed to carry out simple vehicles for transportation of passengers or of what are described as “mass transit” pods capable of carrying between eight and 16 people.

The company says the plan would ease traffic congestion and allow people to move around the city more easily.

Ms Balajadia stressed that the company was not in search of public funding and the cost to passengers would be comparable or lower than existing forms of public transport in the region.

Mr. Musk, who himself lives in the neighborhood of Bel Air, is reported by Bloomberg, the first to have mooted the idea of a tunnel system in December of 2016, when he tweeted that he was tired of THE traffic and to “build a tunnel”.

The proposed route is from the headquarters of Musk’s company SpaceX in Hawthorne to the West of Los Angeles, passing under Sepulveda Boulevard through Culver City.

The plans have been welcomed by some council members as a way to deal with the region’s traffic congestion.

However, concerns have been expressed by council members Meghan Sahli-Wells on a private company, the creation of a system that can compete with the existing transit agencies in Los Angeles.

“It’s really seductive,” said Ms. Sahli-Wells. “It looks super sexy and super easy, but it is half-baked, from a point of view.”

As shown on the BBC, in July of last year, the serial entrepreneur has also tweeted his interest in the construction of a Hyperloop on the East Coast.

When asked for more details on the claims in his tweets, a spokesperson for the firm told the BBC: “The monotony of the Company has had a number of promising conversations with local authorities and representatives of the federal government.

“With few exceptions, the comments have been very positive and we have received verbal support from key decision makers in the government for the digging of plans, including a Hyperloop route from New York to Washington DC.

“We look forward to the future conversations with the cities and states along this road and we expect to secure the formal approval necessary to break ground later this year.”

At the time, the company said that it expected to begin digging by the end of 2017.