Elon Musk’s Boring Company unveiled its plans to build a hyperloop tunnel right under Culver City in California.
Jehn Balajadia, operations co-ordinator of the company, presented plans at a council meeting in the city on Monday. Speaking at the meeting she said, “The purpose of Boring Company is to alleviate soul-destroying traffic and augment public transit.”
South African born billionaire Elon Musk is one of the most recognisable entrepreneurs in the world right now. His company Tesla is at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution and SpaceX is one of the leading private space companies. More recently he has turned his attention to the hyperloop concept with The Boring Company.
The company is not seeking any private funding for the project and they are looking to make the cost of travel comparable to that of existing modes of public transport already available.
The proposed route, in red on the map below, would run from the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne through to West Los Angeles passing through Culver City. The idea of a hyperloop tunnel was first floated in 2016 when Musk, a Bel Air resident, tweeted his frustrations at LA traffic. The 2nd phase, blue on the map below, sees the network expanding out across LA.
The tunnel would see passengers hurtling along at speeds between 125mph and 150mph on autonomous electric skates. These could be either single person vehicles or mass transit pods capable of carrying anywhere from 8 to 16 people.
In recent times Musk styled himself as a “hat salesman” shifting 50,000 Boring Company hats to raise a small amount of capital for the company. This was probably more just a publicity stunt more than anything with the majority of funding coming from Musk himself.
This isn’t the only Hyperloop project being eyed up by the company. Last year Musk tweeted he was interested in running a route from New York to Washington – with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore – that would take just 29 minutes.