Elon Musk Really Is Building a Giant Tunnel Underneath LA

The Boring Company’s first bore is already 500 feet

By Evan Bleier

 
Elon Musk Really Is Building a Giant Tunnel Underneath LA
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30 October 2017

DIY solar panels. Fixing Puerto Rico’s power grid. Electric cars that do 0-60 in just 2.5 seconds.

Say what you want about him and his theory that life is just a computer simulation, but when Elon Musk sets his mind (and his money) to doing something, he usually pulls it off.

That’s why it’s basically par for the Musk course that the crazy-sounding tube tunnel system he proposed to help alleviate Los Angeles traffic has not only broken ground, it’s already gotten approval for an expansion.

The first bore of his aptly named Boring Company was highlighted over the weekend when Musk shared a picture of a so-far 500-foot tunnel under LA that will be expanded to stretch nearly two miles within the next four months. Originally expected to be limited to that short distance, the tunnel will now eventually extend to “stretch the whole 405 N-S corridor from LAX to the 101 in a year or so,” according to Musk.

The finished tunnel — which will theoretically allow cars to be shot at speeds of up to 150 MPH via pods to beat the traffic above — would be around 15 miles long, according to Electrek. If those figures are right, the Boring Company must dig about 216 feet per day to finish the project.

Is Musk’s plan outlandish, even a bit arrogant? Yup. Would we bet against him actually pulling it off? No way.

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