Elon Musk’s superfast LA underground ‘loop’ is coming sooner than you think

A Tesla inside the Boring Company test tunnel.


Elon Musk

The public could get a chance to take a test-ride on the Boring Company’s futuristic, high-speed, underground traffic shortcut as soon as December 11.

CEO Elon Musk, better known for leading SpaceX and Tesla Motors, said on Twitter Sunday that the first test tunnel for his underground “loop” transit concept “is almost done” and that a special event on December 10 will be followed by free rides in the tunnel at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.

Loop has been described as a large “skate” or platform that could carry a vehicle under and around Los Angeles traffic at speeds up 155 mph (250 km/h). Musk has unveiled plans for a system of stations across the Los Angeles metro area. He also said he’d like include transit pods that can carry pedestrians and cyclists through the subterranean system. In June he said the fare would be $1 per passenger.

Loop is different than Musk’s Hyperloop concept, which is a sort-of train traveling inside a pressurized tube at near supersonic speeds over longer distances.


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The Boring Company also has a contract with the city of Chicago to build a loop to the city’s O’Hare International Airport

Musk has a reputation for often missing his own timelines, which prompted someone on Twitter to ask if the Dec. 10 date is “in real time or Elon time?”

“I think real,” Musk responded.

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