HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Are Los Angeles area residents a step closer to a shorter commute? Is science fiction closer to…
HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Are Los Angeles area residents a step closer to a shorter commute? Is science fiction closer to reality?
On Twitter Sunday, Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, said an underground travel tunnel designed to ease L.A. traffic was close to completion.
CBS Los Angeles reports the tweets set off a frenzy on the internet.
His 23 million followers were certainly excited.
Last year, the City Council of this LA Suburb approved a roughly two-mile test tunnel from Musk’s SpaceX headquarters here to a point east of Los Angeles International Airport. Musk’s Boring Company is seeking approval to tunnel into western Los Angeles.
Musk describes a system, which The Boring Company calls “Loop,” as one in which vehicles would descend via elevators into tunnels and speed along in electrically powered pods.
“Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour,” the company says on its website. “Electric skates will carry between eight and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle.”
Workers have been building the tunnel for more than a year. CBS L.A. reports a crane operator was at it until it became dark Sunday.
Entrance under construction to Elon Musk’s Boring Comapny’s test tunnel near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on night of October 21, 2018
CBS Los Angeles
The work has long been shrouded in secrecy.
“The traffic above ground is”, but it’s no secret that drivers are fed up with long commutes and traffic and they are literally looking for someone to save the day. too much, “said Jerrell King.
” I think it’s gonna help congestion a little, “said Pedro Ochoa.
Musk has been touting the high-speed underground idea for a few years.
Beyond the debut date of the first tunnel, very little else is known.
In June, Musk’s company announced it won a bid to build a high-speed transport connection from Chicago’s O’Hare airport to the city’s downtown area. The project would cut the trip from downtown to the airport to 12 minutes from a typical 45 minutes on mass transit, and is expected to be operational within three years.