Elon Musk's superfast LA underground 'loop' is coming sooner than you think

Elon Musk says first tunnel is almost done, opens December 10: tweet

In 2016, Elon Musk founded The Boring Company, an infrastructure and tunnel construction enterprise, which by 2017 filed permitting application with Los Angeles government regulators to build a tunnel from Hawthorne to Westwood.

Elon Musk's vision of traveling at high speeds in underground tunnels is inching closer to reality as the outspoken executive has announced The Boring Company's test tunnel in Hawthorne, California will open on December 10th. It originates at a property owned by SpaceX, one of Musk's other ventures, and runs about two miles under city streets.

The company would then offer free rides to the public the next day, he said, allowing passengers to travel as fast as 250 kilometres an hour. This time around, he tweeted about Bitcoin and Twitter believed his account had been hacked and made a decision to block it.

Musk's goal in designing an underground tunnel system is to "solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic", the Boring Co. says on its website. By lowering the cost of building tunnels and providing a transit alternative to driving, the company would help alleviate city congestion and offer high-speed transportation options across the country.

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The 3.2-kilometre tunnel is designed for electric sleds which move at speeds of up to 200 km/h over magnetic rails; technology akin to his more ambitious but undeveloped hyperloop system.

When Elon Musk's tunneling firm began digging in Hawthorne past year, the construction site next to Space X headquarters was barely noticeable, sandwiched between a home improvement store and a parking garage.

"I think real", Musk responded.

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