Elon Musk says first tunnel is nearly done, opens December 10: tweet

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On Sunday night, Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company CEO Elon Musk tweeted "The first tunnel is nearly done", adding that the tunnel will open December 10.

Manufactured under his firm Boring Co., Hyperloop is a network of high-speed transit tunnels created to maximise the efficiency of public transport at a lowered cost.

Musk's venture, "The Boring Company", has been pushing the underground system as a futuristic concept that could radically speed transport within and between cities.

Originally called a test tunnel, Musk said Sunday on Twitter that it'll soon be ready for prime time. The company will then offer free rides to the public the next day, he said, allowing passengers to travel as fast as 155 miles per hour.

The Boring Company's website says the tunnel runs from SpaceX's parking lot east of Crenshaw Boulevard and south of 120th Street, then turns west under 120th Street, and remains underground along 120th Street for 2 miles.

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Musk previously said his tunnelling company "started out as a joke" and acknowledged the project might fail. By lowering the cost of building tunnels and providing a transit alternative to driving, the company would help alleviate city congestion and offer high-speed transportation options across the country.

Supporters of the technology have discussed a vision where a trip between Los Angeles might take 30 minutes instead of five or six hours.

A Tesla inside the Boring Company test tunnel. He also said he'd like to include transit pods that can carry pedestrians and cyclists through the subterranean system.

Another visionary entrepreneur, Richard Branson, who like Musk also is involved in space travel, is backing a Virgin Hyperloop One which has been testing in Nevada and opened a research center in southern Spain.

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