Hyperloop inventor Elon Musk’s tunnelling venture, The Boring Company, has published plans for its first tunnelling work in Los Angeles, US.
Musk launched the tunnelling business with the aim of revolutionising the industry with faster and cheaper tunnelling methods (see box).
The new maps show the route of The Boring Company’s “proof of concept” 10km tunnel through LA and Culver City, which is marked in red. An excavation permit has been submitted for the route.
The company has said that the tunnel will be used for construction logistics verification, system testing, safety testing, operating procedure verification and line-switching demonstrations. The red phase 1 route is not expected to be used for public transport using Musk’s skate concept in the near future.
The phase 2 blue route is a concept that could be developed should the phase 1 section gain approval from the local government in LA.
The Boring Company has not release details of the tunnel design or any ground risk analysis undertaken for the tunnels.
The company is also in discussion with the State of Maryland and City of Chicago for other tunneling projects.
The Boring Company’s ambitions
Musk claims that his business can fast track tunnelling work by reducing the diameter of the bore. He says that reducing the diameter in half reduces tunnelling costs by three to four times.
Increasing the power of a tunnel boring machine is another of Musk’s aims, along with continuously tunnelling and adding more automation.