Billionaire executive Elon Musk has signified his intention to solve Los Angeles’ traffic woes by digging a tunnel underground. The Tesla CEO even gave a name to the company that would perform the full bore task.
Musk expressed irritation over the bane of Los Angeles commuters. “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…,” he previously tweeted.
By the last week of January, he had announced that things were shaping up, with progress being made on the tunnel front. Recently, he posted a picture of a black baseball cap meant to represent the digger, aptly named “The Boring Company.” His posts immediately sparked reactions ranging from humorous, to supportive, to inane.
It was mentioned that the digging would commence from Musk’s desk at SpaceX, then to Crenshaw and the 105 Freeway. Crenshaw is the name of a major boulevard in the vicinity of SpaceX headquarters in the suburb of Hawthorne.
Traffic-Easing Underground Road Tunnels
Though conjuring a pleasant imagery of unclogged freeways and boulevards, Musk’s master plan of a vast underground tunnel is not a simple matter. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer watchdog organization, stated it would be “the most expensive, most polluting and least effective way” to solve heavy traffic in Los Angeles.
Still, a person has to dream, and he may as well dream far and wide. It is worth noting that SpaceX, the entrepreneur’s company that makes rockets and spacecraft, aims to send people into deep space by the end of 2018.
Believing in the Inconceivable
In other news across the world, underground tunnels to ease up road congestion have been considered for northwest London. Such a project was estimated to take 20 years before it can open, though. Questions on who will be footing the bill for such an expansive development were also raised.
People might see the creation of an underground matrix as undoable, but Musk said he is really going to do it. Time will tell whether his vision will come into fruition.
With the innovator appearing deadset on actualizing his underground tunnel idea based on his social media posts, perhaps someone else can help handle getting past the obstacles. Foremost among these is acquiring a permit for the underground network.
If there is anyone who can turn the vision of extending the Long Beach Freeway underground through San Gabriel Valley, it is the man who foresaw the advent of groundbreaking technology. Apart from rolling out premium energy-efficient sedans, Musk’s company bared its plan to install solar arrays at supercharger stations. Full rollout, the relentless CEO said, will happen in due time.