The Mayor of L.A. Just Mentioned Tunneling and Elon Musk is Stoked

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company looks like it has a potential client: the city of Los Angeles.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti was on ABC7’s Eyewitness Newsmakers Sunday morning talking about a possible direct route from LAX to Union Station when he mentioned that tunneling technology could be a possibility.

“Like many other cities have, I’d love to see maybe even with the new tunneling technology that people like Elon Musk is looking at, whether we could have a quick and direct route from LAX to Union Station,” Garetti says in a clip posted on Twitter by Eyewitness Newsmakers host Adrienne Alpert.

It didn’t take long for Musk to catch wind of the clip and clearly he’s into the idea:

For some time now, tunneling has been the Tesla CEO’s answer to battling car congestion in large cities. Earlier in 2017 he founded the Boring Company to develop the technology for his idea, unveiling the first Boring machine in April.

Musk believes we can solve congestion by building vast networks of tunnels underground, which can facilitate cars, bikes, and public transit. Boring Company tunnels would also accommodate hyperloop — a system for high speed travel being developed by Musk’s other venture SpaceX.

Musk is notoriously not a fan of L.A. traffic, first tweeting out hints about the Boring Company in response to the city’s gridlock.

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