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Musk’s tunnel firm plans US stadium link

dugout tunnel

The tunnelling firm headed up by US engineering billionaire Elon Musk has plans to build a high-speed, zero emission underground transport system to the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Starting from the Los Feliz area of East Hollywood, or Rampart Village neighbourhoods, the firm, called The Boring Company, is proposing to build the transport system called the Dugout Loop.

The aim is to alleviate traffic congestion in LA and provide a clean and efficient option for visitors to the Dodger Stadium.

The 5.7km Dugout Loop would be a single track, underground tunnel, with a journey time of less that four minutes. It would sit around 9m and 13.5m underground and run at up to 240km per hour. Special lifts called loop lifts would be built at each terminus and construction would include six ventilation shafts. The loop lifts would be ramps or lifts which would transport the skate (the car / carriage) into the tunnel. The tunnel would be fully illuminated.

The tunnel would include concrete “shelves” which would act as a guideway for the electric skates, which would carry up to 16 passengers. 

Construction would take up to 14 months, with the ventilation shafts taking about six weeks and being constructed at the same time.

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