Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Elon Musk to offer free rides through his underground LA tunnel

Elon Musk to offer free rides through his underground LA tunnel

Elon Musk posted a video from inside his prototype Boring Company tunnel under Los Angeles.

In last month's report, the Los Angeles Times quoted experts as saying the Boring Company's tunnel exemption could be challenged in court, particularly if it's seen as interfering with L.A.'s mass-transit plans.

The Hawthorne-based company is also digging a tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland, and advanced as a contender to dig a high-speed system connecting downtown Chicago and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. In August 2017, he posted a video of a Tesla auto entering the tunnel via an elevator.

You can check out his post and video on Instagram here.

Musk started the underground tunnel project with a specific goal in mind: to combat LA's horrific traffic problem. Musk promises that the system will prioritize pedestrians and cyclists and cost less than a bus ticket.

Musk also thanked everyone who supported him throughout the project including the public, elected officials and regulators.

When he's not preoccupied with running Tesla, which has recently suffered a string of PR disasters after several deadly crashes involving its electric vehicles, Musk is busy with other ventures, including SolarCity, SpaceX and his Tesla Gigafactory.

Elon Musk isn't one for thinking small or cheap, so his solution to beating the traffic was neither. Musk has said prior that they can outpace a jet engine.

The tunnels will be used for Musk's Loop transportation system and, along with the announcement, the CEO of The Boring Company promised that free rides will be offered to the public in a few months, once the company obtains final regulatory approvals.

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