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Elon Musk reveals LA traffic tunnel bid

Traffic congestion

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.

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.

 

Musk has already considered the practical issues surrounding tunnel boring in Los Angeles, including the effect of earthquakes.

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.

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. 

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