Elon Musk’s underground tunneling startup, the Boring Company, has begun digging under Los Angeles in a bid to create a transportation network under the city.
The billionaire tech visionary tweeted late Wednesday that his ‘Godot’ tunneling machine had ‘begun boring and just completed the first segment of tunnel in LA’.
The announcement comes on the heels of Musk claiming a few weeks earlier that he and LA mayor Eric Garcetti had “promising talks” about the Boring Company’s plans, tweeting a video of Eric Garcetti saying the tunnel could provide a ‘quick and direct route from LAX to Union station.’
The Boring Company says its tunnel will run from LAX, going through Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks.
Still, Musk getting permits may be more difficult than creating his cutting-edge tunneling technology, which he claims can reduce the cost of digging tunnels by a factor of 10 while digging them faster.
‘Our recent experience with tunnels in the US is that neighbours worry, you run up against various environmental laws, and you just never know what’s underneath the Earth,’ Michael Manville of the University of California, Los Angeles, told Wired.