12 March 2018
Elon Musk’s Boring company has presented his plans to build a Hyperloop tunnel under Culver City, California at a council meeting. The company is planning to dig a 6.5 mile proof of concept tunnel underneath LA, which would help reduce the city’s horrendous traffic problems.
The Boring Company has earlier received an approval to built a two-mile “test tunnel” underneath SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The company will use the new longer tunnel to conduct verification tests for all its necessary systems like electric “skates” which will take riders in their cars to their destination. Apart from this, the system will also test all the equipment and processes will be used to build the tunnels.
Boring Company operations Chief Jehn Balajadia presented the proposal for the “Loop.” In the documents, the company described the system as “a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour. Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers (mass transit), or a single passenger vehicle.”
The five City Council members reportedly had a mixed reaction to the hyperloop tunnel. Meghan Sahli-Wells stated that the private transportation company would compete with public transit systems.
“I don’t really trust a private company to watch out for equity because I haven’t seen it happen,” she said. “It looks super sexy and super easy but it’s half-baked from a public perspective.”
“I think there’s still so much to vet out and so much technology that’s going to move forward, but we’re a very forward-thinking city,” said Mayor Jeffrey Cooper. “I think it would be foolhardy of us to just say no.” He added that the Boring company would present a more solid proposal to the city council in the future.