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

Cesar Mills
May 18, 2018

On Tuesday, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk retweeted an LA Metro tweet that said it's moving forward with its plan to create a network of tunnels under Los Angeles that will house a new electric transportation system called 'Loop'.

Elon Musk and project leader Steve Davis alluded that the team at The Boring Company is challenged to match the digging space of a snail (0.03 MPH) and get up to 1/10 of the average human walking speed of about 0.03 miles per hour, compared to the current pace of around 0.0003 miles per hour.

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

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.

Whether staunch critics were swayed remained to be seen. First, Musk plans a 2.7-mile test tunnel - one he's already gotten an exemption from the city to do without an environmental impact review.

It also comes as Musk wrestles with production problems for the rollout of his highly anticipated Model 3 sedan at Tesla, with some investors concerned his overlapping leadership roles at Boring and his rocket-building firm SpaceX has him spread too thin.

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Elon Musk is yet to provide a timeframe for the project.

Writing on Instagram, he said: 'First Boring Company tunnel under LA nearly done!

But Musk denied trying to take any shortcuts, saying even with the waiver, Boring faces "600 pages of permits that would be required for this tunnel". Musk noted, "If you can build a tunnel in LA, you can build it anywhere".

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.

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.

Musk, the Silicon Valley high-tech tycoon best known for his Tesla Inc electric vehicle manufacturer, planned to make a rare personal appearance at a public event in Los Angeles on Thursday night to answer questions from residents about his tunneling plans.

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