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Elon Musk's tunnels under LA prioritize pedestrians

Written by Matti Robinson @ 11 Mar 2018 10:53 User comments (2)

Elon Musk's tunnels under LA prioritize pedestrians

Elon Musk's latest venture, whimsically named The Boring Company, is building an underground network of transportation underneath Los Angeles. Previously Musk has revealed plans to transport cars underground but has now announced that they will be instead focusing first on pedestrians and mass transport.
While fast car transportation from station to another is still in plans, Musk says that they've decided to prioritize pedestrians and mass transportation because not everyone can afford a car.

It is of course true that not everyone can afford a car, although almost everyone seems to have one in LA compared to ratios in metropolises on the East Coast, but the real reason might be something else. However, Musk's tweets reveal that car transportation will only be a priority after public transport needs are met.

The public transportation is done, according to a Boring Company video (below), by small shuttles that are swallowed by the ground and propelled on tracks to their destinations. Must says the station itself doesn't require more space than a single parking space, although a few should probably be reserved according to the video.



The main idea is to spread 1000s of little stations across the network rather than having a few huge ones like a subway system.



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2 user comments

111.3.2018 14:37

So basically it's still car transport but now it can transport a small tram too? Something tells me they were having trouble getting approval to tear up the whole city to make it easier for people who own Teslas to bypass the peasants. That's probably why the tram looks so rushed.

Still, it's not the worst idea. In some parts of LA it seems faster to walk than drive...and somehow the bus takes 4x longer than driving. If it can turn an hour commute into 5 minutes then people just might accept the disruption of construction.

Now...an open tram where people stand while moving at 200km/hr without hand holds or anything...they need to work on that a little bit.

212.3.2018 14:14

Originally posted by KillerBug:
So basically it's still car transport but now it can transport a small tram too? Something tells me they were having trouble getting approval to tear up the whole city to make it easier for people who own Teslas to bypass the peasants. That's probably why the tram looks so rushed.

Still, it's not the worst idea. In some parts of LA it seems faster to walk than drive...and somehow the bus takes 4x longer than driving. If it can turn an hour commute into 5 minutes then people just might accept the disruption of construction.

Now...an open tram where people stand while moving at 200km/hr without hand holds or anything...they need to work on that a little bit.

Need inertial dampeners invented for that one. :)

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