The Boring Company is Elon Musk’s tunnel-boring venture. The company began as a hole in the ground of the SpaceX parking lot, and is now trying to win over major cities by touting tunnels as a way of relieving traffic congestion. The company is in various stages of working with Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, and others to build tunnels that will take electric, autonomous vehicles from one site to another. Though initially The Boring Company sounded like a joke when Musk announced its existence on Twitter, the company appears to be very real — or at least, the Not A Flamethrowers it made are. Many of the questions about the company’s future center on environmental reviews and other kinds of regulatory paperwork. Can Musk win over local governments like he won over NASA?
The city has approved Boring Company’s plan to extend its network of underground tunnels to 68 miles and 81 stations: 21 within Las Vegas city limits and 60 in Clark County.
In May, the “Vegas Loop” plan included 65 miles of the claustrophobic single-lane tubes that funnel passenger-loaded Tesla cars. Clark County said yes to it.
The Washington Post reports regulators have hit Elon Musk’s Boring Company with multiple complaints over careless, unpermitted work in Bastrop County, Texas.
Elon’s “Snailbrook” plans to build a private community around his SpaceX and Boring Company facilities — as well as local unease about the effects of Elon’s “move fast” ethos on the countryside — have been reported by The Wall Street Journal and the San Antonio Express-News.
From the Post:
Amy Weir, a local property owner, said Musk’s companies have “no doubt done amazing things,” but that there was no need for them to “reinvent wastewater treatment” when the city was ready to handle the job. The penalties for violating the permit were far too low, she added. “The owner of these companies spent $44 billion on Twitter, and it had no impact on his ability to continue to build these businesses,” she said.
While the Musk-owned Boring Company originally planned on creating a 29-mile underground transportation system in Las Vegas, a new proposal spotted by TechCrunch indicates that the company wants to more than double it in size. The proposed plan maps out a 65-mile-long system with 69 stations located near more retailers, casinos, and even residential areas.