Elon Musk Brings his Dreams of a Tunnel under Los Angeles to Life
The future might be coming to Culver City faster than expected; first automated parking and now an automated tunnel. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and Boring Company, is digging a tunnel underneath Los Angeles. So far, the tunnel is only 500 feel long but eventually it will connect to Culver City and other communities.
The concept of such a tunnel came to Musk last year as he was driving in L.A. traffic. On December 17 2016 he tweeted, “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel-boring machine and just start digging…. I am actually going to do this.”
Martin Feinberg, Realtor, is impressed that Musk has started to make his dream a reality just one year later.
According to Elon Musk, the tunnel “should be two miles long in three or four months and hopefully stretch the whole 405 N-S corridor from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) to the 101 in a year or so. It will work like a fast freeway, where electric skates carrying vehicles and people pods on the main artery travel up to 150 mph and the skates switch to side tunnels to exit and enter.”
About 152 meters of tunnel have been completed so far. The completed section is under Hawthorne near the SpaceX headquarters. Eventually the tunnel will run parallel to Interstate 405, with exist ramps about every mile all the way to Interstate 401. The planned route will run from LAX to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks.
The tunnel is purported to be costing as much as $1 billion dollars per mile, but the expense doesn’t seem to be slowing Elon Musk down. On October 20, Musk’s Boring Company received permission to beginning digging another tunnel on the East Coast in Maryland. Eventually Musk hopes to connect Washington D.C. to New York City, with travel between the two areas taking only 30 minutes.