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Musk: Boring Co could dig NYC subway for 'a tenth of the cost'

Musk: Boring Co could dig NYC subway for 'a tenth of the cost'

by Justin King

The executive blames costs on "exponential" bureaucracy growth and a "self-serving private sector consultant industry."

Boring Co chief Elon Musk has outlined his criticism of the US infrastructure system.

Reacting to recent headlines about New York City's "Most Expensive Mile of Subway on Earth" and how Chinese workers built a railway station "in just nine hours," Musk opined that higher safety and environmental requirements and labor costs explain only a small fraction of the discrepancy.

China's progress in advanced infrastructure is more than 100 times faster than the US https://t.co/fcqGIK78RY

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2018


"True root cause [in my opinion] is an exponential growth in bureaucracy & a self-serving private sector consultant industry earning a [percentage] on project cost, incenting them to maximize cost," he wrote on Twitter. "Want to clarify that as individuals, the people responsible for the high costs & long timelines are almost all well-meaning, but the system of incentives is messed up."

Responding to a question asking what The Boring Co could do the $12 billion New York City East Side Access project for, Musk said "probably about a tenth of the cost and a fifth of the time."

The SpaceX/ Tesla CEO's star power could help clear a few of the hurdles, however Boring Co has not yet received full permits to big any of its biggest proposed projects including a tunnel network under Los Angeles and a system connecting East Coast cities.