Musk's Boring Company Pitches 10-Minute Tunnel Ride

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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.

This is big news right now as the City of Los Angeles has just recently approved Elon Musk's plans to construct a rocket manufacturing facility so that these BFR rockets can be made, according to CNet.

LA Metro is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, an agency that operates public transportation for the County of Los Angeles. Opponents say the exemption Boring seeks from a lengthy environmental review of the Los Angeles test tunnel violates state law forbidding such waivers for large-scope projects on a piecemeal basis. "Once you get below 20 or 30 feet.it's just rock, basically", Musk said. Musk said that rides on the subway-like rail service dubbed "Loop" would cost one dollar. Musk also noted that he hoped the Loop would supplement existing transport systems and connect public transport lines.

Also in August 2017, it was reported that Musk's firm would build a two-mile-long test tunnel in Los Angeles, after the City Council voted four to one in favour of the ambitious plans.

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Much of the focus of the presentation was to assure the public that the Boring Company's efforts would not be disruptive to the public or heavily stress the city's existing highway systems. The project would involve hundreds of entrances where travelers in pods could descend to the network of tunnels that will shuttle them at high speeds across the city.

The Boring Co. has already cleared some regulatory hurdles for the tunnel along Sepulveda Boulevard, which would connect with a two-mile test track that's under construction in Hawthorne across from SpaceX headquarters.

The idea is to pack at least 100 passengers per flight on a super powerful rocket that Musk has dubbed the BFR - which is about two-and-a-half times the size of the Falcon Heavy rocket that put a Tesla into space in February (accidentally overshooting the orbit of Mars).

"Compared to a flying auto, you don't have to worry about bad weather, you can't see it, hear it, feel it". "We can actually sell the bricks at like 10 cents a brick", Musk said.

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