Elon Musk: Boring Company's LA "Loop" tunnel system will cost $1/ride

Florence Fletcher
May 18, 2018

The Brentwood Residents Coalition and the Sunset Coalition are suing Los Angeles, claiming that the tunnel is really part of a planned transit system and should therefore the city should not have granted it exemption from standard environmental reviews.

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

The Boring Company's angle has always been to make tunnel digging more efficient, and Musk has purchased a second-hand machine for his company to study, which has been christened "Godot".

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SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, previously mused about the plan at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide past year.

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During the short informational session tonight, Musk said that he hoped a wider tunnel system would complement the existing LA Metro subway system.

Musk reiterated the company vision of having miniature "pods" that would transport up to 16 people across the underground system for just $1 per passenger.

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That announcement on Thursday night preceded a public event Musk held in the LA suburb of Bel-Air on Thursday night, during which he and Boring Company officials talked about the tunneling activities and took questions from members of the community.

What's interesting is that in his tweets, Musk says that the reason for prioritizing passengers (and presumably the reason for the low fare) is "courtesy and fairness", saying: "If someone can't afford a auto, they should go first".

Writing on Instagram, he said: 'First Boring Company tunnel under LA nearly done! The first step? A 2.7 mile north-south test tunnel parallel to one of the city's most congested freeways, the 405.

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.

"If you think about it, if I can do this trip in about half-an-hour to an hour, I can do dozens of these a day and yet a long-haul aircraft can only make one of those flights a day", she told the audience.

The nearly completed dry run is created to make sure plans actually work - if it doesn't, the city can request the tunnel is filled in with concrete or soil.

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

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