Elon Musk to open first rapid transit in Los Angeles this month


Cole Marullo, Reporter

Elon musk owner of Tesla and The boring company unveils his newest project that will be revolutionary! Musk has created a rapid hyper transit tunnel that will be the new way of transportation in Los Angeles.

The tunnel was announced to be open to the public in December. The tunnel was created in Los Angeles and is the first of its kind. It’s a rapid high-speed transit system called Loop. As of now, they are “pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months” Musk said in an Instagram post late Thursday. It’s the first of its kind in the world as of now until they get approved from Maryland later this year.

The Tesla SpaceX CEO tweeted out the update Thursday about the progress made by his Boring Company project. They showed a sketched concept of the Hyperloop in a 2013 white paper. Musk also included a link to an Instagram post showing a time-lapse video of the ride inside the two-mile tunnel beneath SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne CA, South of Los Angeles. Musk launched the mission after complaining about traffic around his hometown was the worst in the world according to a range of surveys.

The concept behind the Loop has changed over a few months. In the animation released by The Boring Company in March, pedestrians are shown at the street surface boarding buses and being lowered into the tunnel by an elevator system. The tunnel is wide enough to accommodate the luxury of a vehicle. Its roughly 12 feet wide, and its mobile platforms known as skates can travel at up to 130 mph.

Musk recently said that it would no longer provide the high-speed electric powered platforms or “skates” but instead will focus on pedestrians and cyclists. Musk has gotten approval from Maryland to dig tunnels for a Loop system which would give transportation to commuters in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area but the project has not been started.