Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is bringing his technology charm offensive to an attempt at digging a tunnel beneath part of Los Angeles to test designs for a high-speed subterranean transportation network he envisions for the city.
The full-fledged project would include a tunnel along Los Angeles' notoriously busy 405 Freeway where, Musk said, traffic varied between the seventh and the eighth circles of hell.
The Los Angeles City Council's public works committee last month approved Boring's request to exempt the tunnel from a lengthy environmental impact review that would otherwise be required under state law. This would be the type of tunnels built to transport the masses.
The big question is how the Boring Company's pitch will go over with the community in the West L.A. neighborhood where the 2.7-mile Sepulveda Boulevard test tunnel is to be built.
Speaking at the time, she said: 'The goal of Boring Company is to alleviate soul-destroying traffic and augment public transit'.
Elon Musk got a rock star reception in Bel Air Thursday - where he discussed his plans to build an ultra futuristic network of underground tunnels to change the way we travel in LA. Perhaps he'll share more details on this marriage between his two companies - like if LA will be the first city to get one of those spaceports.
It's clear from the presentation that things are very much in their early stages, but Musk and Davis seemed to do a good job assuring the public that they would be moving with the bureaucracy on this project rather than trying to push their vision forward quickly and recklessly.
Musk later tweeted that he plans to livestream a presentation/Q&A regarding the Boring Company's plans in Los Angeles tomorrow, May 17, at 7pm (presumably PT).
Fares for Loop could cost as little as $1 per person, Musk suggested, though the actual cost will likely depend on a number of factors, and require input from multiple local and regional agencies.
"You won't even know we exist", Musk said.
The tunnel would use pods transporting 16 passengers at a time at high speeds, cutting down on commuting times in the congested city.