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

Elon Musk: Boring Company's LA

An invitation to the Elon Musk talk was issued by The Boring Company with tickets available through Eventbrite, and in the invitation it was once again reiterated just how soul-destroying Los Angeles traffic can be, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The billionaire revealed footage of his Boring Company's exploratory excavation, which will be open to the public and offering free rides within months.

Musk also said tonight that The Boring Company has had success creating bricks from the muck that's been extracted during tunneling. Musk has already dug out a tunnel on the SpaceX property and the plan is to keep going.

"If you build a tunnel in L.A., you can build one anywhere", Musk said, referring to the various challenges the test tunnel would need to overcome in the city, including seismic conditions, methane gas, oil fields, and regulations. These tunnels were not yet part of his cross-country "Hyperloop" system, which would ferry people in tubes travelling at airline speeds at a much lower cost.

This evening, Boring Company executives Elon Musk and Steve Davis offered a few more details about their plans to revolutionize LA urban transit, introducing the "Loop" which would eventually be composed of all-electric pods that transport up to 16 passengers at a time. As part of its payload the Falcon Heavy is carrying Musk's cherry red Roadster from Tesla, his electric vehicle company.

Musk says he's eager to get public input. "It's very hard to weave large stations into the fabric of a city", Musk said.

Although the tunnels are only just in the testing phases, with LA city officials giving the OK for 2.7 miles of track, Musk plans to build an entire network underneath the city, accessible through hundreds of mini stations, approximately the size of a parking spot. Pods would use on-ramps and off-ramps rather than running like a subway line. "You're not dividing communities with lanes, and we think we can make this really fun".

The plan calls for excavated soil to be compacted into concrete reinforcement segments for the tunnels, or turned into construction bricks. They will coordinate with us as they move ahead with their proof of concept tunnel under Sepulveda Boulevard to ensure it doesn't interfere with our Sepulveda Transit Corridor rail project.

He showed what the tunnels would look like in a test run done in the company's hyperloop chamber.

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