Elon Musk Says a Ride on the Boring Company's Tunnels Beneath LA Will Cost $1

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  1. Montu

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    More details are coming out about the Boring Company's plans for the tunnel under LA that runs 11 miles from downtown to the international airport. The fare for running the loop will be only $1 and Mr. Musk claims the project won't be noisy and will help to reduce traffic in the city. However, everyone in LA isn't pleased with the project and there are some legal challenges that still need to be worked through before this becomes a reality. Also, is $1 enough to even cover the maintenance on the tunnel? I think he might have to reconsider that fare.

    "This system is designed to be more like a highway and a bunch of off-ramps and loops connecting to the highway, kind of like cars," Musk said. "Almost like an autonomous underground, multi-level car system… that costs a dollar."
     
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  2. Trepidati0n

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    $1......hahahhaha. You can't even get a bottle of water in LA for a $1.
     
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    $1... hahahah... You can't even breath clean air in LA for a $1.
     
  4. bobdabilder

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    $1....hahaha..... you can't even get a dollar in l.a. for a dollar......
     
  5. Retronym

    Retronym Something big is coming.

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    i'll give you a quarter
     
  6. Lazorz_Go_PewPew

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    So, 3 and half rides would be....nevermind.

    I really hope the Boring Company keeps moving on their tunnel project for the North-East corridor
     
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  7. Comixbooks

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    That should be a cool ride I always liked riding under tunnels.
     
  8. oROEchimaru

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    1$ you goddamn Loch Ness Monster!

    Am i the only one that constantly thinks of this company as:
    a. total recall on mars
    b. finding tmnt sewer
    c. futurama tubes
     
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  9. vegeta535

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    Hopefully the entire tunnel collapses and California falls in the ocean.
     
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  10. surfhick reborn

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    I was hoping for a ride on the boring machine. Was all ready to fly back home.
     
  11. surfhick reborn

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    Sadly, my part, the Pacific plate part is the part that might fall in to the ocean.
     
  12. GoodBoy

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    Exactly! That's what makes it so awesome. I want to get a ride in it :)
     
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  14. DustMite

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    An underground tunnel in earthquake prone country, huh. I'm sure nothing could possibly go wrong.
     
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    Yeah I'm sure no one bothered thinking about it either /s


    Isn't there a subway in LA?
     
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    yes there is.

    and is almost always the case.. any tunnels are the safest places to be as they, being part of the ground, move with the ground as it shakes. its the shit on top.. aka buildings etc, that take the damage.

    else all the water..sewer.. etc tunnels that COVER the LA area, and other such cities around the world, would have to be rebuilt all the time.. but.. alas.. they do no.. wonder why

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Depending on how much of the tunnel cross section gets used for transport, some of that space could be leased to companies needing to run fiber and other pipes/cables.

    A couple of possible dangers to the tunnel would be previously unknown fault lines or leakage from other underground pipes broken during a quake. Still guessing that the danger from being on the surface and having to dodge falling crap or out of control vehicles is higher then the risk of being in one of these tunnels.
     
  18. Verge

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    Musk making promises he can't backup...


    Must be a day.
     
  19. NAXDON

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    Pretty much the precursor to Vault-tec
     
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    i'll just leave this here for you


     
  21. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    Because pessimistic knowitalls on internet message boards arent the ones doing the planning and research?
     
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  22. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    So how long before the local taxi industry raises a stink about losing airport fares?
     
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  23. cyclone3d

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    Maybe the $1 introductory fee is to get people on board with the idea. Kinda like how new stores have grand openings with some loss-leader products to get people to visit the store.

    Or if the system is reliable enough and enough people use it, I can see it being cheap to run/maintain.
     
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    I prefer to be in tunnels, under tunnels is where all the dead bodies are.
     
  25. XenIneX

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    Probably for the best.

    It's not very interesting.


    ...
    Upside, you'd probably float north and be annexed by Canada.

    Friendly neighbors, free healthcare; what's not to love?
     
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  26. clockdogg

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    Yes, $1 is the intro price - but it's also a BYOS & BYOH special. Bring your own shovel and hardhat. Finish the tunnel, finish the ride.
     
  27. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    Kind of like how Tesla charging stations were free. At least there are those grandfathered into that, although technically you are also grandfathered into the $1fare too, they are not going to change your coat for THAT trip bit next one is no guarantee to be $1
     
  28. knowom

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    Seems cheaper than going to Universal Orlando.
     
  29. Crackinjahcs

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    How about he charge $3 and start cutting back some of the subsidies and tax breaks?
     
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  30. Geef

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    He probably meant value of $1 calculated from the year he was born. $6.19
     
  31. M76

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    Tunnels is the most expensive infrastructure to be built. More expensive than bridges.

    It's not that none has though about building tunnels under cities, it's that it's not financially feasible. And a death trap. How would rescue arrive if one of those pods gets stuck in the middle of a tunnel? When other thousands of pods block entry. And all this on a fault line? I'm sure various safety measures can be implemented to make it safe, but at further cost. It just drives the point home that it's not feasible.

    It's just Elon Musk re-inventing the wheel. Again. And people think it's so damn good, when he just rummages around in the discarded ideas closet. You think hyperloop was his invention? The idea of vacuum trains were around for over 100 years.
     
  32. sirmonkey1985

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    depending on what the laws are in LA/Ca, there's a maximum distance required between every tunnel access from ground level. they also typically have a service passage way required for fire protection.
     
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    Nothing wrong with a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to radical proposals, but honestly with some of you here it's way beyond that and well into the real of personal issues.

    Yeah well, NASA was spending billions on single launches and electric cars were almost non-existing bullshit projects designed to fail from the get go. See, the man knows that what actually matters is price. You don't have to be a hippy, nor like him, to enjoy the fruits of what he brings. Not sure why that's so hard for you.
     
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    Tunnels, when designed properly, are known to be one of the safest places to be during an earthquake. From a structural safety standpoint, the tunnel moves uniformly with the ground, in contrast to surface structures. Additionally, a large amount of earthquake damage is caused by falling debris, which does not apply inside tunnels. Some examples:

    • 1994 Northridge Earthquake: no damage to LA Subway tunnels
    • 1989 Loma Prieta (Northern California) Earthquake: no damage to tunnels, which were then used to transport rescue personnel
    • 1985 Mexico City Earthquake: no damage to tunnels, which were then used to transport rescue personnel
     
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  35. Verge

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    derpity derp

     
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    spacex has nothing to do with tunnels. And it won't make tunneling less expensive and more feasible. I don't know why the relative success of spacex should compel me to take any of his other ideas at face value. They're bullshit until demonstrated otherwise. Believe me I'd be happy if things like bfr, or mars colonization, or the vactrain, or even this $1 transport in your private tunnel would be real. But at this point they just seem like a media whore seeking attention, while the scientifically illiterate mainstream just eats from his palms. What did he produce in terms of the hyperloop so far? A rusty tube, and a few rickety carts that didn't even go fast enough to get any real benefit from a vacuum.

    In engineering just because you built one bridge that hasn't collapsed, doesn't mean that all your future plans will be passed without a once-over.
     
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    It's a little cumbersome to create cheap and safe tunnels with a rocket. But I bet it can create great craters.
     
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    lol ... under?

    Skynet in 5 years is a very real possibility ...

    IMHO humankind has maybe 10-15 years tops before the World as we know it (the End) comes
     
  39. M76

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    Like the other occasions in the past few decades when the fundamentalists were absolutely sure it was the end. Give it a break, please, you're not living at a special time, we're just as insignificant as the billions who come before. And even if the end of the world happens in your lifetime, it won't happen for your benefit, entertainment or redemption. The universe is indifferent to everyone.
     
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  40. surfhick reborn

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    Are there any subway tunnels in LA?