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Rides on Elon Musk’s LA-based high-speed transit tunnel start in December

Public rides in the test tunnel will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 11 after an official opening ceremony the day before.

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Elon Musk’s The Boring Company plans on offering free rides in a test tunnel that’s part of its Los Angeles-based underground ultra-high-speed transit system that’s currently in development. The trips begin in December.

In Sunday’s Twitter posts, Musk said public rides in the test tunnel will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 11 after an official opening ceremony the day before. The test tunnel runs from SpaceX’s parking lot east of Crenshaw Boulevard, and south of 120th Street, then it turns west under 120th Street and remains underground along 120th Street for 2 miles.

The top speed in the tunnel will be 155 mph.

More states than just California

California isn’t the only state that’s working with Musk’s company to bring ultra-high-speed transportation to life.

Back in June, Chicago awarded the Boring Company with a contract for a system that will transport passengers to and from O’Hare International Airport. The so-called Chicago Express Loop will feature electric vehicles dubbed “skates,” that will operate from the airport’s new terminals to the Block 37 super-station downtown. It usually takes 30 to 40 minutes to make the trip by train, cab, Uber, or Lyft. Now it will take about 12 minutes.

When the project is completed, these skates will leave each station every 30 seconds and operate 20 hours per day, seven days a week. Each battery-powered electric skate is based on the Tesla Model X and will be attached to a concrete track. Each skate features 16 seats and will travel at around 150 miles per hour through 12-feet-wide tunnels that sit between 30 and 60 feet underground. Each vehicle includes a climate-controlled cabin, luggage storage space, and Wi-Fi.

The Boring Company is also working on a 10-mile tunnel in Maryland that will eventually be part of a hyperloop that will move passengers between New York and Washington, D.C. in 29 minutes.

Would you consider being one of the first to ride on one of Musk’s transportation systems? Let us know in the comments below. 

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