Elon Musk touts new tunnel under LA in video, promises free rides


The company started with a proof-of-concept tunnel to avoid the hassle of a full environmental review. The Boring Company is building tunnels under LA as a way of bypassing traffic completely, and the first one is nearly finished.

Elon Musk revealed that part of his LA tunnel is near completion, and predicted that Los Angeles residents will be able to hitch a ride on it in a few months and avoid the city's bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The company is also focusing on jobs across the East Coast and in Chicago.

In the video, the camera flies backward through the tunnel, passing a few workmen and stopping at a complicated set of traffic lights before thrusting forward again. The video is sped up to show how it looks like if you're travelling through the tunnel.

As laid out by the Los Angeles Times, the Boring Company's plan traces a 2.7-mile route that lies 30 to 70 feet below ground. Such rides would presumably involve rolling down the tunnel's track on the pods that would eventually become part of the Boring Company's transit system, with priority given to pedestrians and bicyclists.

"Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with this project", Musk said on Instagram. "Strong support from public, elected officials & regulators is critical to success", he wrote. In particular, the company has already started to build a tunnel that will connect NY and Washington, and next year plans to start construction of the tunnel between San Francisco and Los Angeles.