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Elon Musk Shows Boring Tunnel in Los Angeles, to Offer Free Rides

Elon Musk Shows Boring Tunnel in Los Angeles, to Offer Free Rides

The first Boring Company tunnel under Los Angeles is nearly done, announced Elon Musk on Instagram Thursday night.

This first tunnel, which will run 2.7 miles through West L.A., was unanimously given an environmental review exemption last month by City Council, the Los Angeles Times reports. The future price for a ride will be a little lower than a bus ticket.

Billionaire Elon Musk says that members of the public will be able to test a transportation system for scooting commuters underground on electric sleds.

The Boring Company said it won't ask for public funding, citing its plans to develop "new tunneling techniques" to reduce development costs. Musk uploaded a brief clip to his Instagram profile on Thursday night showing a chunk of the tunnel.

The LA tunnel is the first to be built.

Pending regulatory approval, the system will offer free rides "in a few months", he said in a post on Instagram that featured a video of the tunnel.

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Musk's reference to the support needed from the public, elected officials and regulators may serve to explain why he's bringing up the subject now.

"Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with this project", he continued.

In typical Musk fashion, he didn't release other details.

Just over a year ago, Musk tweeted, "Traffic is driving me nuts".

Musk's tunneling operation, called The Boring Co., is now seeking approval to push into the city of Los Angeles, which requires separate authorization.