The Boring Company’s rapid-transit tunnel under Los Angeles is nearing completion and is almost ready to open. The tunnel is part of the company’s “Loop” system, which is designed to move mass-transit passengers from point to point faster than subways, taxis, and buses. This first tunnel is located between downtown LA and Torrance in the southern suburb of Hawthorne.
The Boring Company was conceived to alleviate the issue of traffic congestion by using tunnels for transit. The company began construction on its tunnel last year. The tunnel started under the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and was extended once the company received approval for a two-mile underground route.
New images of the tunnel were recently posted on social media by Boring Company CEO Elon Musk. Musk said in a recent tweet, “Walked full length of Boring Co tunnel under LA tonight. Disturbingly long.” The tweet also included a sped-up video of the tunnel.
The Loop system is one of Musk’s most innovative ideas to come to fruition. The high-speed subway will be able to transport groups of 8 to 16 people at a time at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. Customers will travel through the Loop’s tunnels in comfort in specially designed containment capsules.
Musk has announced that the rapid-transit tunnel will be opening on December 10th. Test rides will begin the next day. In May, Musk announced that rides on the LA rapid-transit service will cost $1.
Drilling a two-mile hole under a major US city is an impressive feat. The Boring Company has also made proposals to build other tunnels, notably in Chicago between O’Hare International Airport and the downtown area. Another project has been proposed for the Washington, D.C. area.