Elon Musk Starts L.A Underground Tunnel

Image Courtesy Julian Berman

It's high time to take Elon Musk seriously and literally. After Twitter hints, tidbits, and whining about LA traffic, the famous entrepreneur and budding mole man is already digging a tunnel as we speak. Well, a hole.

Over the weekend, workers pitted a “test trench” 30 ft wide, 50 ft long, and 15 ft deep on the grounds of SpaceX’s Los Angeles headquarters. Musk calls it the beginning of an experiment. “We’re just going to figure out what it takes to improve tunneling speed by, I think, somewhere between 500 and 1,000 percent,” he said Sunday during a hyperloop design competition at SpaceX. “We have no idea what we’re doing—I want to be clear about that.”

Musk brought this idea last week in a tweet lamenting LA’s heavy traffic, promising to “build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging.” He has since revealed a far wider vision of eliminating the city’s famed congestion by shuffling humanity through a network of tunnels. “If you think of tunnels going 10, 20, 30 layers deep (or more), it is obvious that going 3D down will encompass the needs of any city’s transport of arbitrary size,” he told WIRED last week in a Twitter direct message.

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