Elon Musk teases LA tunnel progress, free public rides on Instagram

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Musk, founder of the Boring Company, announced late Thursday that the tunneling startup has almost finished building its first stretch of a Los Angeles tunnel.

Musk has also talked again about how the tunnels will be used.

Musk tweeted Thursday that, pending regulatory approvals, free rides will be offered to the public in a few months.

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Musk also thanked everyone who supported him throughout the project including the public, elected officials and regulators. Musk promises that the system will prioritize pedestrians and cyclists and cost less than a bus ticket. The actual goal of the Boring Company is to dig tunnels to help people get out of the traffic many sit in daily. The video below shows the current state of the first Boring tunnel.

As laid out by the Los Angeles Times, the Boring Company's plan traces a 2.7-mile route that lies 30 to 70 feet below ground. Musk may be counting on his huge fan base to help with the tricky task of getting the tunnel cleared for takeoff. The camera flies backward through the tunnel, passes a few workers, stops at a complicated set of traffic lights, then thrusts forward again and pans to the logo of the Boring Company, the firm Musk founded to build the tunnels.

Musk describes a system, which The Boring Company calls "Loop", where vehicles would descend via elevators into tunnels and move on electrically powered sleds. The first passengers are supposed to be able to take the tunnel starting later this year.

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