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A peek at Elon Musk's tunnel aimed to solve 'soul-destroying traffic' of LA

Elon Musk posted the first tunnel by his Boring Company
Elon Musk posted the first tunnel by his Boring Company

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The city of Hawthorne in south L.A. County is just six square miles, and you'd be forgiven for not knowing exactly where it is. 

For some, it's the area they pass through on their way to LAX.

But someday it might be a place they also pass under.

Over the weekend, Elon Musk tweeted a picture of the tunnel he's building under the city of Hawthorne with his Boring Company. It's part of a prototype of a technology that Musk wants to develop.

The main goal is to create something that can send passengers in pods or cars to destinations around the region at high-speeds while avoiding traffic.

No further details were revealed in the picture, so Take Two talked with Hawthorne mayor Alex Vargas for more.

Interview Highlights

Where is the tunnel?

It's all within Hawthorne's boundary. Part of the tunnel was started under his property, but he needed to get permission from the city of Hawthorne to run it under the city of Hawthorne and it is basically going underneath 120th Street from Crenshaw Blvd all the way to Hawthorne Blvd.

Musk is first going to start working on the 700-foot piece and then he'll determine if he's going to want to go further, which we suspect her may be wanting to do that as well.

What's inside?

Musk wants to test out the transportation system. There's an elevator system to brings down different vehicles to transport along the track.

There will be future details with regards to speed and what kind of goals he's trying to meet.

Ultimately he's going to have to answer that the general idea is basically a transportation system for cars and vehicles under what he's calling skates, traveling along the rail.

Why Hawthrone?

Elon Musk and his various companies are based in the city of Hawthorne – design centers and the construction facility for the rockets.

There's a lot of synergy that's taking place in the city of Hawthorne.

These operations are crucial to that, and the Boring Company's idea to take us to the next stage within the city would alleviate a lot of the problems we have. So it sounded like a worthy cause to support.

(These transcriptions have been edited for clarity)

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