Elon Musk hosts ‘info session’ in Brentwood about his tunnel system to ‘alleviate soul-destroying traffic’

Elon Musk hosts ‘info session’ in Brentwood about his tunnel system to ‘alleviate soul-destroying traffic’

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk will headline a town-hall style meeting in Brentwood on Thursday, May 17, where the public will have the opportunity to ask the visionary himself about his plans to build a futuristic, all-electric transit system underneath Los Angeles.

Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla founder who began a tunnel-digging venture called The Boring Co. last year in Hawthorne, said on Twitter that he will present plans and take questions during the 7 p.m. meeting at Leo Baeck Temple.

The “info session” will be livestreamed on The Boring Co.’s website. It has been billed as an opportunity to learn about Musk’s “vision to alleviate soul-destroying traffic through Loop, a zero-emissions, high-speed, underground public transportation system!”

The event comes two weeks after two Brentwood residents groups filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Los Angeles’ decision to exempt a 2.7-mile “proof of concept” tunnel Musk plans to dig on the Westside from environmental reviews, significantly fast-tracking the project.

The lawsuit from the Brentwood Residents Association and the Sunset Coalition alleges city officials violated the California Environmental Quality Act, which “can’t be evaded by chopping large projects into smaller pieces that taken individually appear to have no significant environmental impacts.”

Leaders in Culver City have also taken issue with the tunnel, saying the exemption is not appropriate and that the project must also be consistent with Culver City’s General Plan since a portion of the tunnel enters city boundaries.

The Boring Co. has already cleared some regulatory hurdles for the tunnel along Sepulveda Boulevard, which would connect with a two-mile test track that’s under construction in Hawthorne across from SpaceX headquarters.

According to plans submitted to the L.A.’s Department of Engineering, a full, future system — called the Loop — would extend from Long Beach Airport to the San Fernando Valley along the 405 Freeway, offering short routes from Los Angeles International Airport to Dodger Stadium, and out to the beaches in Santa Monica and the South Bay.

Passengers would travel at high speeds on pods attached to autonomous skates that are affixed to a track 30 feet under ground.

Musk says the system will prioritize pedestrians and have thousands of parking space-size stations that “blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city.”

He shared a timelapse video last week zooming through the Hawthorne tunnel, saying the company plans to offer free demonstration rides to the public “in a few months.”

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