Elon Musk Avoids Tesla Woes with L.A. Traffic Scheme

Doug Mendoza
August 17, 2018

Traffic-weary baseball fans could someday travel to and from Dodger Stadium on a public transportation system underneath Los Angeles - if Elon Musk's latest bold plan comes to fruition. Then it would connect to the Red Line through three alternative routes that would terminate in either Los Feliz, East Hollywood or Rampart Village.

Besides the challenges of tunneling under some of LA's oldest and most crowded neighborhoods, the Dugout Loop appears to be, in fact, a very modest proposal from Musk, unlike the high-speed link proposed in Chicago to ferry visitors from O'Hare to downtown in 12 minutes. The system will only operate during games and special events.

Loopers would board electric-powered pods (also known as "skates") that are based on the Tesla Model X auto design and are capable of carrying 8 to 16 passengers at a time.

The company said the goal is to help reduce Los Angeles' infamous traffic congestion, but initially the system would transport only about 1,400 people per game or event - about 2.5 percent of stadium capacity.

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"This not only will solve traffic issues to and from the stadium, but it will give an economic boost to places around Dodger Stadium", Garcetti told ESPN. The tunnel will also be electrified, as The Boring Company hopes to keep it fully illuminated during operation.

If the plan is approved, it would take as long as 14 months to build, the company said, though it expects it would be "much less". The project will not interfere with the metro and the tunnel will be dug deep enough (30 feet underground or more) that its construction will be basically undetectable from the surface.

First, it doesn't need to worry about raising funds for the Dugout Loop - the company plans to pay for the project on its own. Rides will cost an estimated $1 each.

"We were excited when the Boring Company came to us with this project,"said Tucker Kain, CFO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a statement". It is working with the city to study potential environmental impacts. The initial documents are available for public review through September 17, and a public meeting will be held at Dodger Stadium on August 28.

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