It just got real. Sort of.
Elon Musk, the billionaire who has spun ideas about space, electric cars, and payment innovation into reality, has used Twitter to unveil his plans to create a series of underground tunnels that would help relieve Los Angeles’s infamous gridlock.
Now, “The Boring Company” even has its own hat.
Musk tweeted a picture of the black baseball cap on Sunday with no other details. But it was another intriguing teaser about Musk’s purported plans to dig holes beneath the Los Angeles skyline, giving commuters – or at least himself -an alternative to the city’s clogged freeways and boulevards.
The tunnel tweets began in December. “Traffic is driving me nuts,” Musk wrote. “Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging . . . It shall be called ‘The Boring Company.'”.
Then, in January, he rolled out a few more tidbits, responding to a Twitter user’s question about where exactly the tunnel would be.
“Starting across from my desk at SpaceX,” he said. “Crenshaw and the 105 Freeway, which is 5 mins from LAX.” Crenshaw is a major boulevard running north and south in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, near to SpaceX’s headquarters in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne.
If Musk is serious about the underground network, he might hit a few, ahem, roadblocks.
Getting a permit could prove a herculean task. And plans to extend the Long Beach Freeway underground through San Gabriel Valley was dubbed one the “most expensive, most polluting and least effective” ways to deal with the Los Angeles area’s transit woes according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer watchdog organization.
But if anybody can create an underground matrix, it might be Musk who last month said his SpaceX company is aiming to launch two private citizens into deep space by the end of next year.
For any non-believers, Musk made his intentions clear in December. “I am actually going to do this,” he wrote in a tweet.