Elon Musk’s The Boring Firm is transferring forward with plans to build underground tunnels for vehicles in a bid to alleviate clogged roads and highways in Miami and Texas.
Musk’s agency has submitted a plan for a 6.2-mile underground transit system in South Florida the place commuters would take Tesla automobiles that might carry them between seven stations.
The North Miami Seashore Loop contains stops alongside State Street 826 between Golden Glades Transit Middle and Sunny Isles Seashore at Newport Pier, according to Business Insider.
The objective is for the system to hold between 7,500 and 15,000 passengers per hour, based on firm estimates.
The proposal’s price ticket reportedly ranges from $185 million to $220 million. If native officers take away bureaucratic purple tape, an expedited course of might outcome within the undertaking’s completion inside three years.
Plans additionally enable for the choice so as to add extensions to the North Miami Seashore Loop that would come with connections to Exhausting Rock Stadium and Florida Worldwide College’s Biscayne Campus.
“We have now a variety of site visitors congestion and this is able to be a method of assuaging an excessive amount of that site visitors,” North Miami Seashore commissioner Michael Joseph instructed Insider.
The Boring Firm is also setting its sights on Texas, where it is headquartered in the state capital of Austin, according to Bloomberg.
The agency acquired approval to construct a analysis and improvement take a look at website the place it’s going to assemble “as many tunnels as obligatory” to check its expertise.
The tunnels, which can every measure between 300 and 600 toes lengthy, can be dug utilizing a boring machine often called Prufrock, which is taken into account an enchancment over the one used to dig the Loop system beneath the Las Vegas Conference Middle.
The 1.7-mile-long tunnel in Las Vegas price the corporate simply $47 million to construct. Metropolis lawmakers accepted an growth into downtown, which incorporates plans to attach the tunnel to the principle airport.
Final yr, it was reported that The Boring Firm was engaged in discussions with city officials from San Antonio and Austin about constructing tunnels.
Musk has reportedly set his sights on Texas, Florida, and different states with fewer regulatory hurdles whereas scaling again formidable plans in locations like California.
In April 2017, Musk instructed a TED convention that he hoped to dig tunnels beneath Los Angeles to unravel the issue of “soul-destroying site visitors.”