Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Elon Musk's superfast LA underground 'loop' is coming sooner than you think

REUTERS  Joe Skipper  File REUTERS Joe Skipper File
Kenneth Drake | 23 October, 2018, 18:27

Elon Musk just announced that the first Boring Company tunnel will be inaugurated on December 10.

The tunnel is located under Los Angeles County's city Hawthorne, and its top speed will be 155 miles per hour.

An underground tunnel designed for speeding passengers through Los Angeles will open in December, entrepreneur Elon Musk says.

No, Musk revealed that his first high-speed transit test tunnel is almost set, and it's opening this year. Since then, Musk has purchased a boring machine to tunnel under the Los Angeles neighborhood with the hope of making modifications to the machinery that will allow tunnels to be dug more quickly.

The tunnel runs about 2 miles under the streets of Hawthorne, where Musk's SpaceX headquarters is located.


Following the opening event, the tunnel will begin offering free rides to the public on December 11th.

Musk previously said his tunnelling company "started out as a joke" and acknowledged the project might fail. One of the proposed routes would take passengers from the District of Columbia to NY in under 30 minutes.

Officially called The Loop (not to be confused with the still-imaginary Hyperloop), Musk received approval to construct the 3km route in the city of Hawthorne, California along 120th Street.

"Dec 10 in real time or Elon time?" one person tweeted jokingly with a winking emoticon.

"Twitter thought I got hacked & locked my account haha", Musk tweeted.

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