Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday that the ultra-high-speed transit project in Los Angeles, California, is “almost done” and should be open for the public by December 11.
Musk acquired the digging permission back in August of last year and completed the project in May. According to Musk’s Boring Company site, the initial Test Tunnel was “used for the research and development of The Boring Company’s tunneling and public transportation systems.”
Opens Dec 10
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2018
The service runs on an electric-powered platform called a “skate.” This “skate” will either be a vehicle or will carry a car that can transport between 8-16 passengers.
The tunnel is equipped with elevators that move the skates from the surface (street side) to the tunnel and vice versa. The skates in the tunnel can go up to 155 mph (250 km/h).
The elevators allow passengers to exit at streets locations, straight into your home garage, or basements of office buildings.
“The purpose is to demonstrate that a lift can be built in very small footprints and within existing buildings, whether they are houses, office buildings, or retail parking lots. Looking forward, one could have a lift in the basement of every office building, allowing extremely convenient commutes.”
The tunnel transportation service will cost passengers only $1.
Musk’s tweet on Sunday detailed that the tunnel should be launched by December, and that passengers would be allowed free rides the next day.
“Opening event that night & free rides for the public the next day,” said Musk in a tweet.
According to the Boring Company site, the tunnel will “run from SpaceX’s parking lot east of Crenshaw Boulevard and south of 120th Street, then it turns west under 120th Street, and remains underground along 120th Street for 2 miles.”
Musk is also working on a 10-mile tunnel that can transport people between New York and Washington in merely 29min.