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Elon Musk's Boring Company reveals exciting ambitions

Elon Musk's Boring Company reveals exciting ambitions

Elon Musk's vision of a high-speed transportation system was brought to reality underneath the rambling and traffic-clogged Los Angeles to an impressively supportive crowd during a hearing for residents.

Joining him on stage was Steve Davis, a top executive at Musk's aptly named underground transit venture, the Boring Company. Half-joking that he was late because of heavy traffic, Musk received a rousing welcome as he arrived, and a standing ovation at the end of the hour-long session.

Musk says he's eager to get public input.

After TED Talks tweeted a quote from Shotwell's conversation, Musk replied with his own bit of news: The Boring Company's underground hyperloop would play a role in quickly getting people to the BFR launch ports.

Much of the focus of the presentation was to assure the public that the Boring Company's efforts would not be disruptive to the public or heavily stress the city's existing highway systems.

Whether staunch critics were swayed remained to be seen. 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.

A 2.7-mile (4.3-kilometer) test tunnel Musk proposes to build ran into headwinds from neighborhood organizations after a city council committee voted to let Boring Co go ahead with the project without an environmental review. "If you build a tunnel in LA, 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. He teased that they would be delivered personally via a Boring Company van.

A slightly shorter test tunnel is already largely finished underneath the tiny neighboring municipality of Hawthorne, where Boring and SpaceX are both headquartered. "You won't even know we exist", Musk said.

On that note, Musk talked about one transit concept, called Loop, a zero-emissions high-speed transit system that could travel up to 150 miles per hour, and carry passengers from downtown LA to the Los Angeles International Airport in eight minutes.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk will headline a town-hall style meeting in Brentwood on Thursday, May 17, where the public will have the opportunity to ask the visionary himself about his plans to build a futuristic, all-electric transit system underneath Los Angeles.

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