Los Angeles, California, is known for a lot of things: sunshine, palm trees, movie stars, and yes, really bad traffic. Last year, Elon Musk (the guy behind Tesla and SpaceX) decided to do something about this headache-inducing problem. His other company, The Boring Company, set out to make an underground transportation system by digging a tunnel under West Los Angeles.
The idea is to have super-fast, sled-like carts—or pods—carry people and cars on high-speed skates to different parts of Los Angeles without having to fight awful traffic above ground. Some think it’s a genius idea, others not so much. Well, whether you love it or hate it, the first stretch of this tunnel system, called Loop, is nearly complete. Who gets to ride Loop first? Pedestrians and bicyclists will be the first to test out Loop, but that all depends on if The Boring Company receives regulatory approval first. In other words, no loopholes for this Loop—it must pass safety tests and building codes before any rides are offered. We call dibs for the first ride!
- Pods will move at approximately 150 miles per hour. In comparison, the average speed limit of a Los Angeles freeway is 65 miles per hour.
- The current tunnel is 2.7 miles long, but the plan is to build a 60-mile tunnel network that takes people to all parts of Los Angeles in significantly less time than if they had to travel above ground.
- Mr. Musk has said that a ride on Loop will cost $1, less than a bus ticket.