Musk, the Silicon Valley high-tech tycoon best known for his Tesla Inc electric vehicle manufacturer, planned to make a rare personal appearance at a public event in Los Angeles on Thursday night to answer questions from residents about his tunneling plans. There are a few competitors to the Boring Company in this space though Musk's company already got approval for a tunnel between NY and Washington, DC. This proposal was made after the city council committee voted in to allow Boring Company to move forward with the project without an environmental review.
But two neighborhood advocacy groups have filed suit to block the excavation, arguing the project is really intended as the first segment for a much larger tunnel system planned by Musk.
The Loop isn't the only tunnel the Boring Company is boring, however. The tunnel would run southward under Sepulveda Blvd. and would end, without surfacing, below the vicinity of the intersection of Sepulveda Blvd. and Washington Boulevard in Culver City. They would be dug at a minimum of 30 feet to 60 feet underground, way below utilities.
Joining him on stage was Steve Davis, a top executive at Musk's aptly named underground transit venture, the Boring Company.
The venue for his town hall-style meeting is the Leo Baeck Temple, a synagogue in the city's affluent Bel-Air district, where Musk owns a residence, about 10 miles (16 km) north of the would-be tunnel site.
The Boring Company's tunneling could create the infrastructure needed for new forms of transit, like Hyperloop.
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Known for aggressively taking on large-scale technical challenges with which he has had little previous experience, Musk ended his pitch on a humble note, telling the audience that realizing his vision "could only happen with public support".
Musk said the company's in-city Loop system aims to bypass traffic congestion by offering $1 rides in electric passenger pods through its tunnel network.
An invitation to the Elon Musk talk was issued by The Boring Company with tickets available through Eventbrite, and in the invitation it was once again reiterated just how soul-destroying Los Angeles traffic can be, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"You won't hear us, you won't see us, you won't feel us".
"We're not suggesting this to the exclusion of other approaches but it's the one that we think would work and is worth trying", he said.
Possibly at some point quickly we'll discover out.