Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s ambitious firm Boring Company announced early this week that it has withdrawn itself from a project that appears to be nothing but a subterranean pipe dream. Elaborating on the project the firm stated that its ambitions plan that were unveiled in 2017 for setting up a high-tech transportation tunnel below Freeway 405 beside Westside Los Angeles was being withdrawn after settlement with local community groups. These groups had filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles city for its plan to exempt the Boring Company’s project from environmental review questions. A company spokesman announced that parties involved in the project namely Boring Company, Brentwood Residents Coalition, Sunset Coalition and Wendy-Sue-Rosen have amicably settled the matter.
He said that Boring Company is no longer pursuing its plan to develop the Sepulveda test tunnel and will instead develop an operational tunnel at Dodger Stadium. The new Boring project is called Dugout Loop High Speed Transportation Project which will transport game fans from subway routes of Vermont Avenue to the ballpark located three miles away. They will be transported through a fleet of autonomous electrical modified Tesla Model X platforms that have been made by Musk’s Tesla automobile firm.
The project has support of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. The previous Westside Tunnel project was a result of Musk’s complaints about 17-mile-long commute from Bel Air to industrial region of Hawthorne where its rocket building division SpaceX is located. His Boring Company had therefore demonstrated a concept through which vehicles could descend into tunnels and move along pathways resembling luge tracks that some called a pipe dream. Musk had declared on twitter that the first test tunnel would be open by Dec 2018 but state division of Occupational Safety and Health stated in early 2017 that it had not approved the proposal. Officials stated that the project would need encroachment permits if it runs under public property.