The Los Angeles Times has reported that Elon Musk’s Boring Company’s plans for a tunnel network in the city could be fast tracked.
Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council’s public works committee unanimously approved an environmental review exemption for a 4.3km test tunnel (shown in red on the map below).
The exemption allows developments to not undertake an environmental impact report if they can be built on less 2ha of land and use existing public services.
The tunnel would be used for Boring Company engineers as a ’proof-of-process’ tunnel, to develop construction techniques, and sytem and safety testing of the transportation. It would run within the City of Los Angeles and Culver City.
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According to the paper, the city council said they wanted to approve any proposal quickly, and if approval is gained, then month and years could be saved in construction.
The entrance to the tunnel would be on private land and the 3.65m diameter tunnel would be built 9.4m to 21m below ground. There would be no stations.
According the Boring Company, the tunnel would take around nine months to complete.
Back in October 2017, the company first published plans for its tunnelling work in Los Angeles