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Elon Musk: High-speed, futuristic L.A. travel tunnel is almost ready



HAWTHORNE, California – Are the Los Angeles area residents one step closer to a shorter commute?

Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX CEO said that a subway tunnel designed to ease the LA traffic was near completion.

CBS Los Angeles reports tweet frenzy on the internet.

His 23 million followers were absolutely excited.

Last year, the City Council approved in this LA suburb an approximately two kilometer test tunnel from Muscle SpaceX headquarters here to a point east of Los Angeles International Airport. Muskets Boring Company seeks approval for tunnel in western Los Angeles.

Musk describes a system that The Boring Company calls "Loop", as one of which vehicles would come down via lifts in tunnels and speed in electrically powered bullets.

"Loop is a high-speed underground public transport system where passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling 125-150 miles per hour," the company says on its website. "Electric skates will carry between eight and 16 passengers (bulk shipment), or a single passenger car."

Workers have built the tunnel for more than a year. CBS L.A. reporting a crane operator was on it until it became dark sunday.

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Entrance under construction to Elon Musk's Boring Comapny test tunnel near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on the night of October 21, 2018

CBS Los Angeles

The work has long been hidden in secrecy.

But it's no secret that drivers are tired of long commutes and traffic, and they literally look after everyone who's going to save the day.

"Traffic over the hill is too much," said Jerrell King.

"I think it's going to help a little bit," said Pedro Ochoa.

Musk has been utilizing the high-speed underground idea for some years.

Beyond the debut date of the first tunnel, very little else is known. But that's how Musk likes it.

Musk's company announced in June that it won a bid to build a high-speed transport link from Chicago's Hare Airport to the city center. The project would cut the trip from the city center to the airport to 12 minutes from a typical 45 minutes on mass transit, and is expected to be operational within three years.

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