Elon Musk announces first underground transportation tunnel to open on December 10 – Daily Breeze

Elon Musk shows Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas inside the entrance to The Boring Co. tunnel in a file photo. Musk said on Twitter that he plans to open the first section of the tunnel on December 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Alex Vargas)

HAWTHORNE – Elon Musk has announced that the first tunnel in an underground transportation network project in Los Angeles County will open on December 10.

“The first tunnel is almost done,” Musk wrote to his 23.1 million Twitter followers shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday.

A video simulation released by the company last year shows a driver walking towards a car-sized platform on the street, parallel to the sidewalk. The platform, called a skate, sinks like an elevator, then carries the car through the tunnel.

In subsequent tweets, Musk said there will be an opening event on the night of the 10th and free rides to the public the next day.

When asked if the date of December 10 represents real time or “Elon’s time”, the entrepreneur wrote: “I think it’s real.”

In April, the Los Angeles City Council’s public works committee unanimously approved an environmental review exemption for a Boring Co. tunnel that could run 2.7 miles through western Los Angeles. The proposed route would run parallel to Sepulveda Boulevard, starting at Pico Boulevard and descending to Washington Boulevard in Culver City.

It is not known which part of the tunnel will be exactly completed by the December 10 deadline. Earlier this year, the company announced it would cut its planned tunnel length by two miles from its Hawthorne headquarters in favor of a shorter range of one mile.

In September, Hawthorne City Council granted the company approval for a prototype of a revolutionary new garage that would connect a passenger car to the underground tunnel. But as part of the project, the company agreed not to provide public access through the private house it purchased on 119th Street.

At the same meeting in September, the company obtained approval for a short spur separate from its existing tunnel in order to remove a drilling rig that it initially intended to leave in the ground.

The Boring Company is also working on a project to build a tunnel between downtown Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium, as well as a similar proposal in Chicago.

Bonny J. Streater

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