LOS ANGELES (reuters) – The Boring Company, Elon Musk is underground passage venture, which planned an unveiling of its first tunnel on Tuesday, two years after billionaire entrepreneur complained about Los Angeles traffic, and promised to “just start digging” as a remedy.
FILE PHOTO: Elon Musk to speak at a Boring Company community meeting in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo
Musk has advertised its 2 miles (3.2 km) of the tunnel as the first step in the direction of the development of a high-speed underground network for the whisking of vehicles and pedestrians under the busy streets of the second-largest city in the United States.
The tunnel, a first proof-of-concept, has been excavated along a path that does not run through Los Angeles, but among the small adjacent town of Hawthorne, where Musk is a Boring Company, and his rocket of SpaceX company both at the head office.
The Boring Company has announced plans for a live webcast on Tuesday at 8 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) of what is called a “product launch” for the tunnel, but gave few details.
In a tweet earlier this month, Musk said the big reveal would be “autonomous transport cars & ground tunnel lift cars.”
Boring website describes a system of passenger and car-carrying “skates” that can zip through the tunnels by means of electric current as soon as they lowered the tube from the level of the street.
Musk, best known as the head of the Tesla Inc electric car manufacturer and energy company, began his foray into public transport after complaining in December 2016, that L. A. traffic was “driving me crazy,” promising then to “the construction of a boring machine and start digging.”
In May, the company gave the world an example of the first tunnel, the places of a fast-forward video of the interior created by a camera that the length of the circular passage, which has an area of approximately 12 feet (3.7 m) in diameter.
Musk also created a stir by promising free travel through the tunnel once opened, “like a weird little Disney ride in L. A.” – to the public feedback before proceeding with a larger system.
It remained doubtful, however, whether licences Musk received to dig in, what was then announced as an experimental tunnel would allow the public inside.
“There are no cars or people in the investigation of the tunnel,” according to the minutes of a special Hawthorne city council meeting in August 2017, to review an easement for the project.
On the website of the Dull company said that “due to the incredibly high demand, tours through the Hawthorne-test of the tunnel are by invitation only.”
If successful, the Hawthorne tunnel is envisioned as eventually connecting to a network of other tunnels, yet to be approved or to be built.
In the last month, and the Boring Company scrapped plans for a slightly longer 2.7 km segment under a West Los Angeles neighborhood, settlement of disputes, set up by groups in the community, in contrast to that project.
But Musk company announced to go forward with a proposed tunnel through the city to connect to Dodger Stadium, home of the city’s Major League Baseball team, to the existing metro line.
In June, Bland was selected by the city of Chicago to build a 17-mile underground transit system linking the city to the O’hare International Airport. The company has also made a proposal for an East Coast Loop that would run from Washington, D. C., on the Maryland suburbs.
Reporting by Steve Gorman, Editing by Bill Tarrant and Rosalba O’brien