Elon Musk's First Highspeed Underground Test Tunnel Opens December 10

Kenny Grant
October 22, 2018

Musk said on Twitter last night that he expects the first tunnel, running under Hawthorne from the Spacex base in Los Angeles, California, to open on the night of 10 December and hold free rides for the public the following day.

If successful, the tunnel would demonstrate the viability of Musk's plans to build a new type of high-speed public transportation system whose station elevators could be built into a city's existing infrastructure.

On Sunday, the CEO tweeted that the test tunnel's opening night event will happen on December 10 with free rides for the public the following day. leaving from near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

The top speed in the tunnel, according to the CEO, will be 155 miles per hour (250 km/h).

According to The Boring Company website, the Hawthorne tunnel "leaves SpaceX property (parking lot east of Crenshaw Boulevard and south of 120th Street), turns west under 120th Street, and remains under 120th Street for up to 2-miles".

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While the trial tunnel injects a dose of realism to his vision of a hyperfast underground system, key questions remain.

Musk has previously said that his tunneling company "started out as a joke" and admitted that the project might fail.

The tunnel, which is being built by Musk's Boring Company, will contain autonomous electric skates capable of transporting cars and people at speeds of up to 125-150mph.

Musk is somewhat famed for missing deadlines.

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