Elon Musk’s LA tunnel is blocked by a lawsuit
The Boring Company (TBC), Elon Musk’s solution to Los Angeles congestion, has been thwarted by local residents.
The residents, consisting of the Sunset Coalition and the Brentwood Residents’ Coalition, filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming TBC’s Sepulveda test tunnel needed a proper environmental review.
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Following a settlement agreement being reached with the residents, TBC announced that it’s “no longer seeking the development of the Sepulveda test tunnel and instead seeks to construct an operational tunnel at Dodger Stadium.”
The Sepulveda test tunnel had been ruled out for environmental review on the basis that it wouldn’t carry passengers. However, the group’s case highlighted that the tunnel was going to be part of a larger network in the future. As California law prohibits the approval of individual aspects of larger projects, TBC was told to cease construction.
The plans for the future of TBC is to focus on its tunnel running from the Dodger’s stadium, a 3.6 mile route designed to ferry fans from the stadium on game days. TBC will also continue development of its Hawthorne testing tunnel, which runs from SpaceX property.
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Earlier this year Musk, the tech billionaire behind the venture, tweeted that TBC’s next initiative will run from Washington DC to New York. With expansion and continued development still in the pipeline for TBC, Musk’s dream of cheap, environmentally friendly transport isn’t buried yet.