Elon musk of­fers free rides for pub­lic

The Sunday Guardian - - Business - REUTERS

LOS AN­GE­LES: Bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Elon Musk is promis­ing the pub­lic “free rides” in the next few months through the first high-speed pas­sen­ger tun­nel drilled be­neath Los An­ge­les by his aptly named un­der­ground tran­sit ven­ture, the Bor­ing Com­pany. The ques­tion is whether the tun­nel as ad­ver­tised by Musk on so­cial me­dia will live up to the sen­sa­tion he stirred by sug­gest­ing com­muters will soon get to sam­ple a new sub­ter­ranean traf­fic sys­tem he has un­der devel­op­ment in the na­tion’s sec­ond-largest city. The tun­nel shown in an at­ten­tion-get­ting video clip posted to In­sta­gram ac­tu­ally runs not un­der Los An­ge­les but be­neath the tiny, ad­ja­cent mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hawthorne, where his Bor­ing Com­pany and SpaceX rocket firm are both head­quar­tered. It was un­cer­tain whether the per­mits he re­ceived from the Hawthorne would even al­low the pub­lic to set foot in the tun­nel, orig­i­nally pro­posed strictly as an ex­per­i­men­tal project to test Musk’s con­cepts for a high-speed tran­sit net­work.

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