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Elon Musk: Our First Tunnel Ready in December

His Boring Company plans to open a demonstration tunnel in suburban LA
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2018 8:47 AM CDT
Elon Musk says his Boring Company will have a test tunnel operating in December.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

(Newser) – Elon Musk thinks he can transform public transportation with speedy underground hyperloops, and he says the public will get its first real look at what he means in December. In a tweet, Musk said the first tunnel built by his Boring Company will open Dec. 10. This particular tunnel, however, is more of a demonstration tunnel than one designed to solve big traffic problems. The loop starts near SpaceX headquarters in the LA suburb of Hawthorne and runs under city streets for about two miles, reports Fortune. Musk said the company plans an opening celebration on the 10th, then public rides the following day.

"Based on my understanding, those rides won’t be for transportation but to help the public understand the tunnel boring and loop transportation technologies that they are developing," writes Fred Lambert at Electrek. Riders can expect to travel up to 155mph, according to Musk. CNET points out that the CEO often misses deadlines that he sets for his companies, noting that one person asked him if the December date was "real time or Elon time." His response: "I think real." (The city of Chicago will be watching the demonstration closely.)

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