Elon Musk is at it again. The CEO of Tesla has made a name for himself by proposing and then following through on ideas that often seem to be the stuff of Science Fiction. This time, it’s a stretch of tunnel that goes under Los Angeles—the “Dugout Loop,” which is said to go from Los Feliz, East Hollywood, or Rampart Village neighbourhoods to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. In a tweet, Musk announced, “The first tunnel is almost done. Opens Dec 10.”
Opens Dec 10
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2018
The idea behind the project is a layer of tunnels that are accessed via an elevator. Passengers can either ride in a transport that can carry between eight and 16 passengers, or they can drive their own car onto a platform. Eventually, longer trips will be travelled in the tunnels, with shorter segments of tunnels being used as subterranean off-ramps. The elevators may well be used to connect not only to streetside locations, but even into home garages or office building basements.
The idea behind the tunnel is a simple one. The platforms would travel on “electric skates” that can go up to 150 miles per hour and will help cut down on traffic. The tunnel opening on December 10 should only take about five minutes in the tunnel, compared to at least 45 minutes in regular traffic. In all honesty, who cares how it works as long as it cuts out 40 minutes of a commute?