Elon Musk's Planned Tunnel Could Help Dodgers Traffic Issue

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The notorious Los Angeles traffic may have met its match. The route's eastern terminus would be on Dodger Stadium property, and the western terminus would be on property purchased by the Boring Company. It's been dubbed The Dugout Loop.

However, to speed up the permitting process, The Boring Company says its tunnel will run entirely beneath "public right-of-way or land owned or leased by The Boring Company". If you ask Elon Musk, it's simple: Dig a tunnel.

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles is tucked between a park and a freeway, and the surrounding area suffers from traffic jams during events.

Musk's Boring Company is proposing to build a roughly 3.6-mile "zero-emissions, high-speed, underground public transportation system" to ferry fans up to Chavez Ravine.

Although The Boring Company claims that this tunnel could alleviate traffic to Dodger Stadium during games and concerts, the tunnel will only be one-way, so the company will have to stage numerous eight- to 16-person electric skates that run through the tunnel before a game or it will have to pause outbound trips to bring more electric skates to the western terminal. And while the system wouldn't put a huge dent in stadium traffic - at the start, it would carry only 1,400 people per event at the 56,000-seat stadium, with the possibility of increasing ridership to 2,800 - every little bit probably will help.

"This not only will solve traffic issues to and from the stadium, but it will give an economic boost to places around Dodger Stadium", Garcetti told ESPN. As for the other tens of thousands of people traveling to and from Dodger Stadium? According to the company, the project will transport people in the neighborhoods outlined above to the stadium in "less than 4 minutes". The project will not interfere with the metro and the tunnel will be dug deep enough (30 feet underground or more) that its construction will be basically undetectable from the surface. 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.

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A mock-up of what the western terminus will look like, with electric skates being lowered into the tunnel.

The projected fare for riders is roughly $1, but that number is not finalized. Rides will be reserved in advance, like a movie theater booking.

Los Angeles city officials are clearly rooting for Musk and the Boring Company.

The company is now working on an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), as required by the City of Los Angeles.

The project will be available for public review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) starting August 16, but it's unclear when the construction could start.

The Dodgers also commented on Twitter, saying the team is "always looking for innovative ways to make it easier for Dodgers fans to get to a game".

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