According to the latest information, Elon Musk’s tunnelling company, the Boring company, has an underground transit system recently to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The news was first reported by the town’s mayor in a tweet. This will be the latest city to come under the scope of Elon Musk’s idea of the “Tesla in a tunnel” concept.
For now, it’s not sure whether a tunnel will be built; however, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis called it “an innovative and unprecedented approach to addressing traffic congestion and transit needs.” He also said that the project, which would be called the “Las Ollas Loop,” would connect Fort Lauderdale’s downtown to the beach.
Musk’s plans to build an underground transit system for high-frequency autonomous electric “sleds”, capable of carrying dozens of people. The Boring Company has dug three tunnels — a test tunnel in Los Angeles and two 0.8-mile tunnels underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center. However, the company is yet to be proven out as a functional transit system. However, the whole idea is scrapped in favour of a system that can accommodate individual Tesla vehicles.
But even though many have criticized this idea of Elon Musk, but the guy has managed to impress a handful of city officials with his concept of Tesla’s ferrying passengers through neon-lit tunnels.
It’s not just the Fort Lauderdale, but the Boring Company has also proposed a $30 million loop system in Miami. However, its previous projects, such as a proposed 35-mile Washington, DC-to-Baltimore tunnel and a Chicago loop system, have been cancelled.
“The underground transit loop would provide quicker and more efficient access between downtown and the beach as well as alleviate street-level traffic.”
Official sources reported that the City Commission is scheduled to vote on whether to accept the proposal on July 2nd, and it also claimed that during the event many firms will also come forward with competing ideas.