Elon Musk's tunneling company is proposing a 3.6-mile tunnel to Dodger Stadium
17 August, 2018, 02:17
The Boring Company is planning to build Dugout Loop, a zero-emissions, high-speed, underground public transportation system from the Los Feliz, East Hollywood, or Rampart Village neighborhoods ("western terminus") to Dodger Stadium in the City of Los Angeles. That number can eventually rise to 2,800 fans, or 5 percent of Dodger Stadium's capacity.
Passengers will ride on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour.
Although The Boring Company claims that this tunnel could alleviate traffic to Dodger Stadium during games and concerts, the tunnel will only be one-way, so the company will have to stage numerous eight- to 16-person electric skates that run through the tunnel before a game or it will have to pause outbound trips to bring more electric skates to the western terminal.
The Boring Company says it'll cover the cost of digging the roughly 3.6-mile tunnel with no public funding sought. While "solving" rush hour was seen as too complex of an issue, The Boring Company chose Dodger Stadium, because the game times and the direction people were going provided a tangible way of being able to solve a traffic problem. Only one route will be selected. It is working with the city to study potential environmental impacts.
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"The Boring Company has made technical progress much faster than expected and has chose to make its first tunnel in Los Angeles an operational one, hence Dugout Loop!" it said in its online project description.
If the plan is approved, it would take as long as 14 months to build, the company said, though it expects it would be "much less".
Another test tunnel, which was dug out starting from a parking lot next door to SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., is now open for school tours.
However, to speed up the permitting process, The Boring Company says its tunnel will run entirely beneath "public right-of-way or land owned or leased by The Boring Company".