Tun­nel un­der S.F. next for Musk?

Sales­force CEO asks the Bor­ing Co. chief to help fix traf­fic woes

The Mercury News - - Front Page - By Rex Crum rcrum@ba­yare­anews­group.com

Will Elon Musk and com­pany be bor­ing for a big new hole un­der San Fran­cisco?

That could hap­pen if Sales­force Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Marc Be­nioff’s dreams come true. Oh, and if Tesla CEO Musk puts his Bor­ing Com­pany on the job.

On Tues­day, Be­nioff, whose com­pany’s name adorns the new Sales­force Tran­sit Cen­ter in San Fran­cisco, tweeted di­rectly to

Musk about whether he could do some­thing to help al­le­vi­ate the traf­fic is­sues that plague the city.

“Elon @elon­musk can you & @ bor­ing­com­pany help us in San Fran­cisco?” Be­nioff tweeted. “We will have a cool new tran­sit cen­ter soon, but we need rapid trans­porta­tion from Down­town to the Ocean, Marin Coun­try, East Bay, San Jose, & LA. Bul­let train too far away! Can you do it?”

Be­nioff’s tweet in­cluded a video that Musk had ear­lier sent out of what he said was the “dis­turbingly long” tun­nel that the Bor­ing Co. has dug un­der a sec­tion of Los An­ge­les, and which Musk said was “on track” for an open­ing party Dec. 10. Musk and the Bor­ing Co. are build­ing the tun­nel as part of an ef­fort to cre­ate what they call a “Loop” sys­tem that will trans­port rid­ers around the L.A. area at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.

Now, any­one wait­ing for such a sys­tem around San Fran­cisco shouldn’t hold their breath. The Bor­ing Co. has not filed any plans to break ground or do any­thing close to start­ing a new tun­nel project in the area.

But this is Elon Musk we are talk­ing about, a man who has built elec­tric cars,

wants to col­o­nize Mars, and has sold flamethrow­ers to the gen­eral pub­lic. Musk replied to Be­nioff that dig­ging a hole to put in a su­per-fast trans­porta­tion tun­nel un­der San Fran­cisco isn’t out­side the realm of pos­si­bil­ity.

“Sure, we can do it,” tweeted Musk.

And now, let the start of the Bor­ing spec­u­la­tion be­gin.

Be­nioff

SCOTT VARLEY — STAFF AR­CHIVES

Elon Musk and the Bor­ing Co. are build­ing a tun­nel as part of an ef­fort to cre­ate a sys­tem that will trans­port rid­ers around the L.A. area at speeds of up to 150miles per hour.

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