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Boring Co 'almost done' with first dig under LA [Video]

by Justin King

Elon Musk promises the fully operational system will always give priority to passenger/cyclist pods and cost less than a bus ticket.

The Boring Company is 'almost done' constructing its first demonstration tunnel in Los Angeles, as highlighted in a brief time-lapse video.

"Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months," Elon Musk says.

The company started with a proof-of-concept tunnel to avoid the hassle of a full environmental review. The additional red tape must be dealt with before the tunnel is converted to a fully functional service, however.

"As mentioned in prior posts, once fully operational (demo system rides will be free), the system will always give priority to pods for pedestrians & cyclists for less than the cost of a bus ticket," Musk added.

A cool thing about the design is that's easy to incorporate branch loops to serve small to mid size cities without slowing down the main loop at all

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2018

The executive says Boring Co is already started on its East Coast route from Washington DC to New York. The startup hopes to start digging a much bigger project on the West Coast next year, connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco via a true Hyperloop system with vacuum tunnels and "faster than jetliner."

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