Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Elon Musk plans to build 150mph train system underneath Los Angeles

Elon Musk plans to build 150mph train system underneath Los Angeles

Closely held SpaceX is going to build its next rocket, known as BFR, at the Port of Los Angeles, an area Musk envisions people getting to using a Boring Hyperloop - if the city approves the idea.

Elon Musk has said he will build a 150mph train network underneath Los Angeles to bring an end to "soul-destroying traffic" in the city.

The City Council approved Boring's request to exempt the tunnel from a lengthy environmental impact review, however, the company's plans have hit a recent snag after a court challenge from two neighbourhood organisations to halt development.

Musk made a splash on social media and in the tech world early this year after the sale of $3.5 million worth of flamethrowers went viral.

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Musk launched his foray into public transit after complaining about traffic on Twitter in late 2016, vowing to "build a boring machine and just start digging".

It's a massive infrastructure project and not everyone is on board, but the company apparently found a new partner: LA Metro.

Musk says the system will prioritize pedestrians and have thousands of parking space-size stations that "blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city". "We can actually sell the bricks at like 10 cents a brick", Musk said. "But obviously that can only happen with public support".

'The tunnel would contain a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates travelling at 125 to 150mph (200 to 240 kph)'.

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A slightly shorter test tunnel is already largely finished underneath the tiny neighboring municipality of Hawthorne, where Boring and SpaceX are both headquartered. The company is working on solutions for both of those issues, and Musk again mentioned the possibility of selling bricks and life-size Lego-like blocks. "Once you get below 20 or 30's just rock, basically", Musk said.

The government of neighboring Culver City has also expressed concern about how Los Angeles' government handled the project.

"If you think about it, if I can do this trip in about half-an-hour to an hour, I can do dozens of these a day and yet a long-haul aircraft can only make one of those flights a day", she told the audience.

What's interesting is that in his tweets, Musk says that the reason for prioritizing passengers (and presumably the reason for the low fare) is "courtesy and fairness", saying: "If someone can't afford a vehicle, they should go first".

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