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Despite the name, the Boring Company seems to be generating a bit of a buzz this week, as Elon Musk just posted a short video of the very first tunnel nearing completion to his social media outlets.

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First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done! Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months. Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with this project. Strong support from public, elected officials & regulators is critical to success. As mentioned in prior posts, once fully operational (demo system rides will be free), the system will always give priority to pods for pedestrians & cyclists for less than the cost of a bus ticket.
This first tunnel will serve as a proof of concept for a much more expansive system later on.

Although it’s not quite at the same level as landing a used rocket booster in an upright position, successfully digging a tunnel for use in mass transit is still a huge undertaking. That said, it looks like the Boring Company will soon give the public a look at its handiwork.

The tunnel in question appears as though it begins underneath the SpaceX parking lot in Hawthorne, and stretches for more than two miles towards the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

This first tunnel will serve as a proof of concept for a much more expansive system later on. If everything goes according to plan, the Boring Company’s network will stretch from the Long Beach Airport in the south, up to Sherman Oaks in the north, out to Dodger Stadium in the east, and to Santa Monica in the west.

In the recent social post, Musk said that “Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months,” also adding, “once fully operational (demo system rides will be free), the system will always give priority to pods for pedestrians & cyclists for less than the cost of a bus ticket.”

The company recently managed to raise as much as $112.5 million to fund it all, much of which was provided directly from Musk. So far, regulatory agencies and politicians are all onboard with the plans.

Indeed, Musk is looking at a variety of other transportation solutions across the nation. Proposed plans thus far include building a hyperloop between Los Angeles and San Francisco next year, while a mass transit route between Washington D.C. and New York is already underway. Then, of course, there’s all those Tesla’s you see prowling the surface streets and SpaceX’s one-way ticket to Mars…

No word on whether the Boring Company trams will come with onboard flamethrowers to ward off zombies in the inevitable nuclear apocalypse.

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Source: electrek

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