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Boring Company Test Tunnel to Open Mid-December

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company will be opening its first test tunnel in December in Hawthorne, California, according to reports. The company will be hosting an event to showcase the project Dec. 10, with free rides being offered to the public the next day.

The tunnel was approved in November 2017 by the Hawthorne City Council. The tunnel, spanning roughly two miles, beginning at SpaceX headquarters, will transport passengers 155 miles per hour.

Boring Company Tunnel

Musk’s plan for high-speed transit stems from a desire to do away with what he has dubbed “soul-destroying” traffic. According to Musk’s design, announced in May 2017, tunnels would transport cars on an electric skate, and that there would even be room for a Hyperloop—a reduced pressure tube that could shoot pod-like vehicles faster than an airliner. Individual cars would be lowered from regular roads to tunnels by parking on what Musk calls a “car skate,” which essentially functions like an elevator and lowers the car into the tunnel. From there, the skate’s speed could exceed 130 miles per hour.

The Boring Company

According to Musk’s design, announced in May 2017, tunnels would transport cars on an electric skate, and that there would even be room for a Hyperloop—a reduced pressure tube that could shoot pod-like vehicles faster than an airliner.

With the test tunnel opening date looming, activity was also recently reported at what is now known as O’Leary Station, named for Patrick O’Leary, a 13-year SpaceX veteran who works as a structure-engineering designer for the company. (O'Leary Station is home to where the company is building a vehicle elevator in a residential garage to connect directly with the test tunnel.) According to Teslarati, the cars would enter the concept elevator on the Space X campus, move down the tunnel and into the garage, then head back to headquarters. The garage will not be open to the public, however.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the test tunnel was built with fairly little noise or congestion. Transportation officials have expressed their worry about the project’s impact on traffic, and critics have pointed out that the tunnel is shorter than what was approved by the city council last year.

   

Tagged categories: Infrastructure; Mass transit; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Tunnel

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