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By Dennis rosemary
Boron Company, of Elon Musk, announced on Tuesday that it has eliminated the problem of a project that seemed to be nothing more than a dream of underground piping.
The company announced on Tuesday it was recalling the plans, which were unveiled in 2017, for a high-tech transport tunnel beneath the 405 freeway along the Los Angeles Westside. In a statement, the Boring Company said the recall was the result of an agreement with community groups that sued the city of Los Angeles for its move to exempt the project from the slow process of environmental review.
"The parties (The Boring Company, Brentwood Residents Coalition, Sunset Coalition and Wendy-Sue Rosen) have resolved amicably the issue of Brentwood Residents Coalition et al V. City of Los Angeles (TBC – The Boring Company)", statement sent by A bored spokesman said. "The Boring Company is no longer looking for the development of the Sepulveda test tunnel and, instead, seeks to build an operational tunnel at Dodger Stadium."
That boring proposal is called the Dugout Loop High Speed Transportation Project. It would ferry game day fans from the Vermont Avenue subway lines to the stadium three miles away through "a fleet of fully-powered Tesla Model X self-powered platforms" from the Musk automaker, Tesla, according to a summary of the city.
It has the support of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. NBC News approached the mayor's office to respond to the removal of the Westside plans by the Boring Company, but was unable to obtain an immediate response.
The Westside tunnel was the result of Musk's Twitter statements about his 17-mile trip along the 405 from the Bel Air dorado to the Hawthorne industrial site, where the Boring Company and its rocket-building company, SpaceX, have its headquarters.
The video published by the Boring Company in 2017 demonstrated a concept by which vehicles would descend into the tunnels and then move along roads that resemble luge tracks.
But Musk's plans seemed to overcome reality.
On Twitter, the billionaire said in October that the first section of his project under the city of Hawthorne, technically a test tunnel, would be open to the public on December 10 and would offer free trips to all interested the next day.
While Musk first touted its tunnel as the start of a system to avoid the 405 Freeway, one of the busiest in the city, documents from the city of Hawthorne in 2017 showed that local leaders had only approved a pedestrian tunnel from the office from SpaceX on One Rocket Road to the parking lot of its employees. cross the street.
Later, city officials approved an extended test tunnel, but it was never clear whether Musk's idea of using Tesla platforms as "electric skids" proved successful.
The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal / OSHA) said in early 2017 that the proposal had not received its approval.
And although the Boring Company initially described its front-line work as "a 2-mile underground tunnel that extends from the SpaceX property to the intersection of 120th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard," state officials finally approved a 950 tunnel feet, less than one. Fifth of a mile.
A Cal / OSHA official said last year that the project would also need "invasion permits" from the city, county and state if the tunnel runs under public ownership.