Musk proposes Los Angeles tunnel to Dodger Stadium

Three proposed routes for the Dugout Loop a proposed underground railway between East Hollywood and Dodger Stadium is seen in a map provided by the Boring Company

Elon Musk's tunnel construction and infrastructure firm, The Boring Company, in cooperation with the city of Los Angeles, announced Wednesday it would build a privately funded tunnel from a subway station in East Hollywood to Dodger Stadium that would reduce time in traffic from more than an hour in the auto to fewer than four minutes by electric vehicle.

Currently, this idea is just a proposal, and it still needs approval by LA City Council as well as all of the permitting necessary to tunnel under the Echo Park and Silver Lake neighborhoods.

A cutaway graphic shows how the western terminus of the Dugout Loop might look, with electric-powered "skates" lined up to be lowered into the transit tunnel.

First, it doesn't need to worry about raising funds for the Dugout Loop - the company plans to pay for the project on its own.

The Boring Company is proposing three potential routes from Dodger Stadium (at right) to the L.A. Metro Red LIne (at left). Now, tech billionaire Elon Musk wants to bring his Loop system to the ballpark.

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"The goal of Dugout Loop is to help reduce traffic in Los Angeles by providing a clean and efficient public transportation option to Dodger Stadium", the company said.

The ride to and from the station will take four minutes, and fans can expect to be charged in the region of one dollar (78p) for the privilege. The Boring Company says it would be able to transport about 1,400 people per game, pre-selling tickets for trips at an arranged time.

Driverless electric vehicles would shuttle around 1,400 sports fans through the tunnel to and from events, rather than operate on a regular basis. For context, Dodger Stadium's capacity is 56,000.

How do you solve the problem of traffic jamming every time there's a match at the Dodger Stadium?

The project, known as the Dugout Loop (or, simply, "The Dugout"), would include zero emission, high-speed transportation, and be completely underground. The skates would be lowered into the tunnel system, and sent autonomously at speeds of 125 to 150 miles per hour from one terminal to the other. The company also promised to have no "above-ground disruption" during construction.

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