Elon Musk details plans for LA's LOOP

Elon Musk details his plan to rid LA of traffic with $1 rides on the Boring Co. ‘Loop’		
		
	Lucas Matney

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Elon Musk, speaking at an event that pulled back the curtain on The Boring Company's plans, said that the $500 flamethrowers will starting shipping in two weeks.

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 tunnel would run southward under Sepulveda Blvd. and would end, without surfacing, below the vicinity of the intersection of Sepulveda Blvd. and Washington Boulevard in Culver City.

Locals have expressed some practical concerns, like whether it is safe to dig beneath a region that's prone to natural hazards like earthquakes, and whether underground utilities would be affected.

The lawsuit from the Brentwood Residents Association and the Sunset Coalition alleges city officials violated the California Environmental Quality Act, which "can't be evaded by chopping large projects into smaller pieces that taken individually appear to have no significant environmental impacts".

Musk also imagined that the city's roads could become parks or gardens, and said the tunnels could be "almost like an autonomous, underground multi-level auto system".

This new Boring Company tunnel was announced last month and will serve as a new full proof-of-concept for the company.

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, has promised to offer rides for just $1 on his proposed underground "Loop" tunnel system which will weave across Los Angeles.

Known for aggressively taking on large-scale technical challenges with which he has had little previous experience, Musk ended his pitch on a humble note, telling the audience that realizing his vision "could only happen with public support".

Elon Musk details plans for LA's LOOP
Elon Musk details plans for LA's LOOP

"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.

Still, questions about the test-tunnel project largely dominated the meeting on Thursday night.

Part of the event was created to put to rest concerns that the public wouldn't be disrupted by the project.

"You won't hear us, you won't feel us, you won't even know we exist", Davis said.

"We're not suggesting this to the exclusion of other approaches but it's the one that we think would work and is worth trying", he said.

"We are going to do everything right".

Possibly at some point quickly we'll discover out.

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