Entrepreneur Elon Musk has reiterated plans to build a tunnel in Los Angeles, California to tackle traffic congestion, despite reports that he does not have planning permission.
Tesla chief executive Musk first announced his plans on Twitter in December.
Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging...— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016
The name of his tunnelling firm – dubbed “The Boring Company” – provoked speculation that his plans were not serious. However he later tweeted, “I am actually going to do this” and updated his Twitter bio to read: “Tesla, SpaceX, Tunnels & OpenAI.”
He reaffirmed his commitment to building a tunnel yesterday, claiming the plan had moved forward.
Exciting progress on the tunnel front. Plan to start digging in a month or so.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2017
Musk has already considered the practical issues surrounding tunnel boring in Los Angeles, including the effect of earthquakes.
@TheSkinsFactory Earthquakes tend to have the biggest effect on the surface, like waves on water. That's why LA can have a (lame, but getting better) subway.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2017
Location for the tunnel has also been considered – responding to a query from a Twitter user he said the tunnel would be close to his SpaceX office.
@_wsimson Starting across from my desk at SpaceX. Crenshaw and the 105 Freeway, which is 5 mins from LAX— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2017
His Twitter comments follow a meeting with President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly spoken of his committment to new US infrastructure projects.
According to the Guardian, Musk has yet to secure planning permission from Los Angeles authorities. His plans may be in vain – a report published by the National Center for Sustainable Transportation said that increasing highway capacity is in fact unlikely to improve congestion.
Elon Musk is the chief executive of Tesla, a company specialising in electric cars and renewable power.