Elon Musk brings high-tech charm offensive to Los Angeles tunnel plan

Here's how Elon Musk could make you reach anywhere on Earth in less than an hour

The Loop would be composed of all electric pods transporting 16 passengers at a time to and from parking-spot sized stations.

"If you build a tunnel in L.A., you can build one anywhere", Musk said, referring to the various challenges the test tunnel would need to overcome in the city, including seismic conditions, methane gas, oil fields, and regulations. "If we can't do a two-mile tunnel without disturbing people, how can we do hundreds of miles?" On Thursday night in Brentwood, Elon Musk explained his plan to alleviate traffic.

The bold claim follows a partnership between LA Metro and The Boring Company to build a tunnel network in the city.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is bringing his technology charm offensive to an attempt at digging a tunnel beneath part of Los Angeles to test designs for a high-speed subterranean transportation network he envisions for the city.

LA Metro is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, an agency that operates public transportation for the County of Los Angeles.

There were concerns that the project of a high-speed transportation tunnel might interfere with the area's rail projects.

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Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla founder who began a tunnel-digging venture called The Boring Co. previous year in Hawthorne, said on Twitter that he will present plans and take questions during the 7 p.m. meeting at Leo Baeck Temple.

The lawsuit from the Brentwood Residents Association and the Sunset Coalition alleges city officials violated the California Environmental Quality Act, which "can't be evaded by chopping large projects into smaller pieces that taken individually appear to have no significant environmental impacts".

The big question is how the Boring Company's pitch will go over with the community in the West L.A. neighborhood where the 2.7-mile Sepulveda Boulevard test tunnel is to be built. If the Boring Company wins all the regulatory go-aheads that are required, Musk's past record of hard-to-imagine achievements may be a big reason why.

A slightly shorter test tunnel is already largely finished underneath the tiny neighboring municipality of Hawthorne, where Boring and SpaceX are both headquartered.

After users suggested he was joking, Musk clarified: "I am actually going to do this".

"You won't even know we exist", Musk said.

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