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Lawsuits threaten to derail Musk's Los Angeles tunnel

Lawsuits threaten to derail Musk's Los Angeles tunnel

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, has promised to offer rides for just $1 on his proposed underground "Loop" tunnel system which will weave across Los Angeles.

Musk, the Silicon Valley high-tech tycoon best known for his Tesla Inc electric auto 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. "Wow. It's an wonderful alternative for mass transportation in the city of Los Angeles", Susane Gearin said. Opponents say the exemption Boring seeks from a lengthy environmental review of the Los Angeles test tunnel violates state law forbidding such waivers for large-scope projects on a piecemeal basis.

If you are wondering just how such fast transportation might be possible, look no further than the Ted Talk with SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell that Elon Musk also kindly posted for us.

Musk was joined by The Boring Company director Steve Davis.

Musk was in Los Angeles to present his company's new underground electric transportation system, which is called 'Loop'.

The test tunnel will stretch almost three miles along Sepulveda on LA's Westside, one of the most traffic-congested parts of the city.

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The tunnel would use pods transporting 16 passengers at a time at high speeds, cutting down on commuting times in the congested city. Thursday evening, at the Leo Baeck Temple in the prosperous neighborhood of Bel-Air, Musk made a presentation, according to which the network of Musk's Boring Company, if and when it gets constructed, would carry passengers from Dodger Stadium near downtown L.A.to Los Angeles International Airport in 10 minutes.

In October 2017, Musk shared the first image of the Boring Company's test tunnel under SpaceX's headquarters.

Musk says he's eager to get public input. Two Brentwood groups have already filed lawsuits in response.

"They won't even know we're there", Brett Horton, senior director of facilities and construction at SpaceX assured members of the council at the time permission was granted.

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.

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