Elon Musk's Hyperloop Tunnel Already In Progress In L.A.By Chris Brandt, UniversityHerald Reporter
Elon Musk's Space X Hyperloop Competition has just been concluded with the German WARR Hyperloop team as the fastest among the competitors. Aside from lauding those who took part in the competition, Musk also announced that they have started boring a hole underneath Los Angeles.
Musk excitedly announced that they have started digging a test hole on Crenshaw Boulevard where the Space X headquarter sits. The According to Wired, the hole is 15 feet deep, 50 feet long, and 30 feet wide.
Last week, no one seemed to believe Musk would really start digging a hole as he complained about how bad traffic in Los Angeles is. The Daily Breeze reported at that time that Musk's primary reason for building the tunnel was to give Space X employees an alternate route without having to cross traffic.
The hole, according to Musk, is just the beginning because they are still looking for ways how to improve tunneling speed 500 to 1000 times faster. He was also quick to add that they had no idea what they were doing.
However, aside from the speed, Musk should also worry about all the paperwork that comes along with his plan. At present, there are no complications digging a hole inside the Space X property but as Musk expressed earlier that he wanted to extend the tunnel up to Los Angeles airport, that will entail a lot of process. Aside from the paperwork, he needs the approval of the Los Angeles City Council.
Gaining the city council's approval is just the beginning. Musk and his team will have to face other obstacles before they can fully dig through LA's underground. They also have to contend with environmental laws because there's a lot of things underneath the Earth. Add to that the animosity locals feel about underground construction because of the noise.
These are just some of the obstacles but given Musk's bullish attitude once he sets himself on doing something, he might prove to be a formidable foe against these challenges.