Elon Musk Is Digging a Tunnel to Reduce Travel Time

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This has got to be the craziest project of a man who is probably the most ambitious person in the world at this time.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), and SpaceX, was traveling in his car in Los Angeles and was stuck in traffic and frustrated like so many others. This got him thinking on how best to avoid the traffic problems of big cities such as LA. He concluded that tunnels would be the best solution for urban traffic congestion, and immediately tweeted saying he wants to build them. Musk added that the digging work will begin from close to the SpaceX office at Hawthorne in California.

The Boring Company Will Dig Tunnels for Musk

Many did not take him seriously for obvious reasons. But Musk assured them saying he was extremely serious about the matter. I want to drill tunnels under the auspices of “The Boring Company”, he added. That was in December 2016.

Musk typically likes to stay ahead of schedule. In late January, he announced that work of The Boring Company was progressing as per schedule, and it would take about a month for the actual boring work to start. But within just a few days, Elon Musk posted pictures of the boring work on Twitter, stating that the tunneling work has started already. They are using a huge drill on the project, called the “Big Bertha”.

He went on to add that the tunneling speed will be improved to achieve between 500 and 1000 percent. He confirmed they were digging up a test trench close to the Hawthorne office of SpaceX.

The First Tunnel Will Let Musk Reach the Airport

There is now speculation that the first tunnel will probably connect the office to the LAX airport, which he frequents. Musk is a frequent flyer, as he has to divide his commitments between Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity. The tunnel will surely save him a lot of travel time. But Musk has a broader agenda to one day make his tunnels criss-cross busy cities and become a practical way for the people to travel through.

There have been other big ideas on the side that Musk has been interested in, like the Hyperloop where pod-like vehicles would pass through near-vacuum tubes at higher speeds than planes. But he has taken a more personal stake in this tunneling project than that one.