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Re: The Boring Company
« Reply #300 on: December 19, 2018, 03:16:48 PM »
Those bricks on the watchtower above?  Were made with dirt from the tunnel next to it. :)
They’re $0.10 a brick, or free if your project will help others.

Here’s a less technical article and short videos on the Hawthorne test tunnel revealed last night:
Elon Musk and Gayle King test drive the tunnel he hopes will solve L.A. traffic
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/elon-musk-inside-boring-company-tunnel-with-gayle-king-spacex/

For more technical info, see the detailed video discussion and FAQ here:
https://www.boringcompany.com

Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 12/18/18, 10:32 PM
The demo ride takes you in *same* car on road, down elevator, zips through tunnel using guide wheels, up elevator at destination & then drives on normal roads back to start
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1075232313082929154

Tesla in @boringcompany tunnel with retractable wheel gear that turns a car into a rail-guided train & back again pic.twitter.com/3a6i0NoSmi
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1075227467239940096
- This can be applied to any autonomous, electric vehicle, not just Tesla
- Capable of traveling safely at over 150mph. At that speed, it will feel like teleporting within a city.
- All Boring Loops will include continuously circulating cars dedicated to pedestrians & cyclists
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« Reply #301 on: December 19, 2018, 06:12:38 PM »
At this link is a one-minute TBC video of the prototype in action. (When the red light on the roof at the entry turns green: go! ;D ):
The Boring Company (@boringcompany)
12/19/18, 4:16 AM
The Boring Company Loop system
https://twitter.com/boringcompany/status/1075318894871470081


Even at the ~45mph demonstration speeds, “It took at least twice as long to make the drive back through traffic.”
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/dec/18/elon-musk-boring-company-tunnel-party-tonight-los-angeles


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The tunnel cost an estimated $10 million, roughly a quarter of Musk’s total investment in The Boring Company, which is funded nearly entirely by Musk personally. Asked whether Tuesday’s event was an effort to drum up investment in the private company, Musk said there is no shortage of those wishing to invest.

“We have people hounding us to invest non-stop,” Musk said.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/19/elon-musk-unveils-boring-companys-long-ballyhooed-tunnel-aimed-at-easing-soul-crushing-traffic/amp/
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« Reply #302 on: January 20, 2019, 03:34:02 PM »
Sydney, Australia!

Elon Musk Tells Lawmaker The Boring Company Can Dig via Mountain for Cheap
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Elon Musk wants to solve city traffic woes one tunnel at a time. The Boring Company founder, responding to an Australian state lawmaker via Twitter on Wednesday, stated the firm could build a two-way high-speed transit route through the Blue Mountains to connect Sydney and the west for a surprisingly low price.

Musk has been gradually providing more details about his tunnel-digging venture, founded two years ago with the aim of resolving Los Angeles traffic, which hosted a press event in December 2018 to unveil its 1.14-mile initial test tunnel in Hawthorne, California. Jeremy Buckingham, a member of the New South Wales parliament’s upper house, asked Musk how much it would cost to build a 31-mile tunnel through the mountains to stop Sydney “choking with traffic.” Musk responded that it would cost around $15 million per kilometer for a bi-directional high-speed tunnel, equating to $750 million for the whole route. Musk also stated that stations to enter and exit the tunnel would cost around $50 million each. ...
https://www.inverse.com/article/52517-the-boring-company-elon-musk-details-price-to-dig-via-australian-mountain
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« Reply #303 on: January 28, 2019, 10:36:50 PM »
https://futurism.com/the-byte/boring-company-tunnel-opening

Did anyone go on the Dec 10th, open to the public, Boring Company LA tour?

Please attach photos or videos or links.


Also, how is the Chicago tunnel going? Any updates?
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« Reply #304 on: January 29, 2019, 03:58:20 PM »
https://futurism.com/the-byte/boring-company-tunnel-opening

Did anyone go on the Dec 10th, open to the public, Boring Company LA tour?

Please attach photos or videos or links.


Also, how is the Chicago tunnel going? Any updates?

https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,2000.msg184659.html#msg184659   ;)
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« Reply #305 on: January 29, 2019, 07:46:01 PM »
So the public tour never happened and nothing is going on in Chicago, or did I miss something?
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« Reply #306 on: January 30, 2019, 05:52:56 PM »
So the public tour never happened and nothing is going on in Chicago, or did I miss something?

The December event was “public,” but limited to those who obtained tickets, due to site size, and time limitations.  It took hours for all the attendees to get their rides as it was; an unlimited public event would simply not be possible. 

However, public tours do happen:
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The Boring Company (@boringcompany)
8/14/18, 3:25 AM
We are hosting student tours of the Hawthorne tunnel site for schools in LA County! Each tour can accommodate up to 30 students. Interested faculty (or students with a faculty sponsor!) can reach out to studenttours@boringcompany.com
https://twitter.com/boringcompany/status/1029267748377907200


The Chicago project is, ”In contract review, environmental review and permitting.”  Even Musk can’t speed that up significantly!
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The Chicago Express Loop
The Boring Company has been selected by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT), on behalf of the City of Chicago, to enter into exclusive negotiations to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an O’Hare Express service. The Chicago Express Loop will provide fast and convenient transportation between O’Hare Airport (Terminals 1-3) and Block 37 in downtown Chicago. Status: In contract review, environmental review and permitting
More at: https://www.boringcompany.com/chicago/
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« Reply #307 on: February 09, 2019, 06:10:57 PM »
San Jose, California

Elon Musk’s Boring Company in talks for airport tunnel project in Silicon Valley
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The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunneling startup, might have another tunnel project on its hands. In a statement earlier this week, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo stated that he has been in talks with The Boring Co. over the last 18 months to discuss the possibility of building a tunnel linking Diridon Station and the Mineta San Jose International Airport — a distance of about 4 miles.

Addressing reporters at City Hall, the San Jose, CA mayor noted that the tunnel project could give Diridon Station a chance to “grow with the city,” particularly as Google is expected to construct a campus near Diridon in the future, which would likely bring thousands of people to the area. Apart from this, Diridon Station, the city’s main transit hub, is expected to undergo an overhaul in the future, with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) line set to extend downtown to the station itself.

Around five years ago, cost estimates for the construction of a conventional rail link connecting the Mineta San Jose International Airport to Diridon were listed at a hefty $800 million. Liccardo noted that tunnels, particularly those constructed by The Boring Company, could cost just a fraction of the $800 million estimate. That said, the mayor clarified that the project, provided that it does happen, would not be locked with the Boring Co. 

“It’s not that cost effective. We’ve been looking at alternatives. This is going to be open to everybody. What we’ve been exploring is the technology,” the Liccardo said....
https://www.teslarati.com/elon-musk-boring-company-san-jose-airport-tunnel/
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« Reply #308 on: March 06, 2019, 08:46:29 PM »
Las Vegas, Nevada.
Looks like the initial People Mover project would be a little over a mile in length; the “potential” route might be an additional 5 or 6 miles, plus the all the short branches to stations.  Unknown how many tunnels the initial “loop” (the solid line on the map) will consist of; obviously at least two. A “fiscal impact” of $35 to $55 million is pocket change for Vegas.  Note: Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 is in Nevada, so they’ve bet on Elon’s new-tech projects before.

LVCVA and Elon Musk's The Boring Company Collaborating for Future of Transportation in Las Vegas
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LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) today, March 6, 2019, announced a recommendation to select The Boring Company (TBC) to design, construct and operate a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center via a loop of underground express-route tunnels that could carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds. Upon approval by the LVCVA Board of Directors on March 12, the project would be another first for Las Vegas and have the potential to connect Downtown, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and beyond. 

Pending the LVCVA Board’s approval during their March 12 meeting, TBC and the LVCVA would determine specific design, construction and operational plans and negotiate a contract for final approval by the LVCVA Board in a subsequent meeting anticipated by June 2019. The estimated fiscal impact of the potential project is $35 to $55 million.
https://press.lvcva.com/News-Releases/lvcva-and-elon-musk-s-the-boring-company-collaborating-for-future-of-transportation-in-las-vegas/s/ef4db4ea-f604-4028-be6d-feb1017376df
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« Reply #309 on: March 06, 2019, 09:38:06 PM »
More:

Las Vegas welcomes Elon Musk’s Boring Company, transport tunnel in talks
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Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Steven Hill stated that the Boring Company’s technology fits well with the options being explored for mass transit in the campus. Hill notes that since there is not a lot that can be done on the surface anymore, a good option is to start looking at underground solutions. This is where Elon Musk’s tunneling startup comes in.

“We hope to explore the opportunity to move this kind of technology into the entire city. We’ve long recognized that as Las Vegas continues to grow, we have some chip points in moving people. There’s not room on the surface really to add lanes on the road every place we need them, particularly up and down the Strip and to the airport. So being underground is something that is very attractive,” Hill said.

Sources also hinted that the project could come with a price tag of $35 million to $55 million, a fraction of the cost quoted by the Boring Company’s above-ground competitors. If the project gets the necessary approval, it will be The Boring Company’s first official commercial contract. ...
https://www.teslarati.com/elon-musk-boring-company-las-vegas-tunnel/
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« Reply #310 on: March 07, 2019, 01:07:13 AM »
More detailed map.  Possible ‘Grand Lobby Connector’!

The Boring Company’s president, Steve Davis, says that the project could be done in a year.

Las Vegas bets on Elon Musk’s Boring Company for tunnel project
https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2019/3/6/18252302/boring-company-las-vegas-dig-plans-2021
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« Reply #311 on: March 12, 2019, 09:12:23 PM »
Las Vegas tunnel is Approved!
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Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 3/12/19, 3:48 PM
Looking forward to building a Boring Company tunnel in Vegas. Assuming to be operational by end of year!
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1105556139184410626

LVCVA moving ahead with underground transport system
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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is going underground.
The organization’s board of directors on Tuesday approved a proposal with Elon Musk’s The Boring Co. to develop a subterranean people-moving transit system costing between $35 million and $55 million for the Las Vegas Convention Center in a 10-3 vote.

Proposed route options would run from the Convention Center’s Green Lot east of the South Hall to a new parking area west of the West Hall currently under construction, a distance of more than 1¼ miles.
LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill and Steve Davis, president of The Boring Co., described what’s being called the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop as an autonomous point-to-point on-demand system with vehicles capable of transporting up to 16 people at a time.
The system would use autonomous electric vehicles, or AEVs, on three types of Tesla Model X chassis with rubber tires operated in automatic pilot mode.

Using paired one-way tunnels with a series of on- and off-ramps, the AEVs could be hailed by app for direct service to another station. Conventioneers would access the underground system by elevators, escalators or stairs. Hill said the LVCVA envisions use of the Convention Center Loop to be free to conventioneers.
While the system is capable of speeds of up to 150 mph, the short distance between stations at the Convention Center would keep a vehicle’s speed at a maximum of around 50 mph.

According to LVCVA documents, pre-cast concrete tunnels would be built about 30 feet below grade level with a 12-foot inner diameter and a 13½-foot outer diameter. ...
https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/tourism/lvcva-moving-ahead-with-underground-transport-system-1616329/
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« Reply #312 on: March 27, 2019, 01:43:42 AM »
Elon Musk’s Hilariously Bad Subway System Leaves Virginia Transit Officials Baffled

https://www.gq.com/story/elon-musk-yelp-reviews

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« Reply #313 on: March 27, 2019, 10:12:00 AM »
Cheaper, faster tunneling is a great idea and could solve a lot of problems (if it works). All the rest of the Boring company ideas so far struck me as quite bad. I am sure there are better ways to use small tunnels. Maybe the Las Vegas project will be more sensible.

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« Reply #314 on: April 06, 2019, 02:54:58 AM »
Cheaper, faster tunneling is a great idea and could solve a lot of problems (if it works). All the rest of the Boring company ideas so far struck me as quite bad. I am sure there are better ways to use small tunnels. Maybe the Las Vegas project will be more sensible.

Cheaper and faster tunneling?!? Musk bought a used boring machine. What innovation were you tricked into thinking was invented?
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« Reply #315 on: April 06, 2019, 10:00:44 AM »
Have you ever tried to google the answer or do you just rely on negative sources?

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...the innovations The Boring Company says it’s bringing are to the business of tunneling itself: having the tunnel-boring machines run electric instead of on diesel fuel; tripling the tunnel-boring machine’s power; automating the machine so it doesn’t rely on human operators; and allowing it to operate continuously.
Diesel locomotives require ventilation underground while electric locomotives don't.
Plus, the idea that a transport tunnel can be 14 feet in diameter instead of the standard 28 feet.

The big question they have not solved yet IMHO is how to use such tunnels effectively for mass transport.

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« Reply #316 on: April 18, 2019, 07:46:42 PM »
DOT Completes Review of Draft Environmental Assessment for the Proposed “Loop” Tunnel Project Between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
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Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the availability of a draft version of the Environmental Assessment for the Washington DC to Baltimore Loop Project, the first step in a joint federal-state review of a non-traditional transportation technology. The Boring Company, of Hawthorne, CA, is considering the future development of a privately-funded, underground, high-speed tunnel facility to help alleviate area congestion. The proposed project would consist of twin, underground tunnels approximately 35 miles in length between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, which in part would follow the right-of-way under the Baltimore Washington Parkway. The proposed station terminals would be located on New York Avenue (northwest of Union Station) in D.C. and in the Camden Yards area in downtown Baltimore. ...
https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-completes-review-draft-environmental-assessment-proposed-%E2%80%9Cloop%E2%80%9D-tunnel-project

https://www.dcbaltimoreloop.com/#dea

Below is a link to the report.  500 pages! :o Details about how and where the Loop would be constructed, and how it might impact the environment and the surrounding area.
https://www.dcbaltimoreloop.com/DraftLoopEA.pdf
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