Elon Musk’s Boring Tunnel company submits plan for Miami underground loop

Elon Musk’s Boring Co is looking to build an underground loop around North Miami Beach for Tesla vehicles, the latest idea to help tackle congestion in an ever-growing part of Florida with limited public transportation.

A plan submitted to the City of North Miami Beach envisions seven entrances to the 10-kilometer tunnel. It would cost between $185 million and $220 million based on current prices and take less than 36 months to complete, said the proposal, which responded to a request from the city.

The plan, dated February 1, was shared by Commissioner Michael Joseph.

Mr. Musk’s company has been in talks with several South Florida governments since the start of 2021 as the region tries to improve traffic to attract high-paying jobs. Traffic deteriorated as public transport solutions remained elusive, hampered by political and logistical challenges, including a relatively shallow water table.

Mr. Joseph said Boring was the only company to respond to North Miami Beach’s request for information.

In his proposal, Boring noted that the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act could help the project through grant programs. The government’s rating methods “would likely rate Loop favorably,” the proposal said, and Boring would be willing to fund “a portion of the project costs to support construction and operation.”

Mr. Joseph traveled to Las Vegas last year to tour Boring’s operations. But he acknowledged that it would take a much broader buy-in to build the tunnel, including adjacent municipalities, Miami-Dade County, and state and federal governments. He said parts of the project should involve the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez also came up with the idea for a boring tunnel, when chatting openly with Musk last year on Twitter. He claims that Miami’s groundwater would not be an obstacle for Musk’s technology.

Mr. Joseph said his predominantly black and Hispanic community is among those suffering the most, as it receives much of the traffic heading to nearby affluent areas. He said residents should focus on the benefits of community-wide traffic calming, even though the tunnel would be reserved for Tesla owners.

Updated: February 19, 2022, 1:20 p.m.

Bonny J. Streater