SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, previously mused about the plan at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide a year ago. Steve Davis, executive, Boring Company said that the tunnels from LA to San Francisco will be done within a few weeks.
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk promised a cheering crowd on Thursday that his controversial dream of burrowing a high-speed network of "personalised mass transit" tunnels under Los Angeles could be achieved without disturbance or noise at the surface. One of the goals for that partnership is to limit interference with an existing high-speed transit study that's already underway in the region. He later tweeted that he will be presenting and taking questions about The Boring Company's plans for Los Angeles.
The test tunnel will stretch almost three miles along Sepulveda on LA's Westside, one of the most traffic-congested parts of the city.
The West L.A. tunnel is the latest project Boring has undertaken after quietly digging a slightly shorter tunnel underneath tiny neighboring municipality of Hawthorne, where SpaceX and Boring are both headquartered. They would be dug at a minimum of 30 feet to 60 feet underground, way below utilities. Two neighborhood groups have filed suit to block the environmental exemption.
Musk says the system will prioritize pedestrians and have thousands of parking space-size stations that "blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city". Earlier Musk had said that the pod transport would be lesser than a bus ticket before he announced it at $1.
"Highways are at the outer limit of their capacity", Musk said, adding that there are physical limitations to how wide transportation districts can expand a freeway. "It's the only way we can think of to address the chronic traffic issues in major cities", Musk said.
The proposed Sepulveda test tunnel is on the fast track. The site of that test tunnel is ensconced in a largely affluent part of the city, where locals are typically averse to projects that might disrupt daily life.
If you'd like to experience the G-forces for yourself, the plan is still for a "weird little Disney ride in the middle of LA" once its test tunnel opens to the public, but we're still not exactly sure when that will happen.
"We are going to do everything right".
Ms Shotwell says the price-point will be made possible by the rapid trips the rocket will take.