Musk's Boring Company Pitches 10-Minute Tunnel Ride

Elon Musk brought his vision of a high-speed transportation system underneath sprawling and traffic-clogged Los Angeles to an overwhelmingly supportive crowd at a hearing for local residents.

"Boring Company Hyperloop will take you from city center under ground & ocean to spaceport in 10 to 15 mins".

Musk says he's eager to get public input.

Musk pledged his tunneling venture, to be built well below the city's utilities and existing metro lines using electronic boring equipment, would be virtually noiseless.

At a press conference held, nearly by fate, at the Leo Baeck Temple near the Interstate 405 freeway, the illustrious revealed details of his tunnel vision that proves just how un-boring his youngest company is.

Musk's celebrity status preceded him, as some visitors pushed and shoved their way into the crowded hall before the event began.

Plans call for excavating a 2.7-mile (4.4-km) passage below a stretch of the congested Sepulveda Boulevard corridor on the West Side of Los Angeles and the adjacent town of Culver City.

Earlier in the evening Musk retweeted an LA Metro tweet that said it's coordinating with The Boring Company on its test and said the two will be "partners" going forward.

The odd little presentation held at an LA synagogue started about 25 minutes behind schedule after a late arrival from Elon Musk who ironically said he got stuck in traffic.

Musk also imagined that the city's roads could become parks or gardens, and said the tunnels could be "almost like an autonomous, underground multi-level vehicle system".

The Los Angeles City Council's public works committee last month approved Boring's request to exempt the tunnel from a lengthy environmental impact review that would otherwise be required under state law.

On that note, Musk talked about one transit concept, called Loop, a zero-emissions high-speed transit system that could travel up to 150 miles per hour, and carry passengers from downtown LA to the Los Angeles International Airport in eight minutes. They say he is trying to obtain a waiver to evade environmental regulations that forbid piecemeal fast-track permitting of big-scope projects.

"You won't hear us, you won't feel us, you won't even know we exist", Davis said.

Meanwhile, Musk's firm is nearing completion on a tunnel under the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne, California, near his SpaceX headquarters, another one of the Tesla founder's business enterprises.

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