L.A. City Council committee moves Elon Musk’s tunnel project forward

Elon Musk’s proposed network of traffic-dodging tunnels moved a step closer to reality this week, when a Los Angeles City Council committee approved excavation permits the tech tycoon is seeking for a 2.7-mile “proof of concept”‘ tunnel on the Westside.

The Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee noted Wednesday, April 18, however, that Metro will need to review the project, in part to ensure it does not conflict with the agency’s own plans to build a transit system along the Sepulveda corridor.

The committee also added an amendment to clarify that the tunnel was not a public mass transit system and only a proof of concept — a distinction needed for the committee to also find that the project is exempt from the often-stringent requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.

The Los Angeles tunnel would run beneath Sepulveda Boulevard, starting with an entry point at property owned by the Boring Co. at 2352 Sepulveda Blvd., north of West Pico Boulevard, and end underground near the corner of Washington Boulevard and Sepulveda in Culver City. Boring Co. officials pitched the tunnel plan to the Culver City Council in January and received a mixed reaction.

A YouTube video posted by the Boring Co. shows that the system would have electric mobile platforms that can carry either cars or pods for passengers capable of traveling up to 150 mph. Musk said he hopes to eventually build a system that stretches all around the county.

Hawthorne leaders in August gave a green light to Musk’s proposal to dig a two-mile test tunnel underneath the city, extending from the headquarters of his company SpaceX.



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