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The Boring Company to build “The Dugout” Loop in LA


Elon Musk’s Boring Company has announced it is to build its first underground public transportation system from East Hollywood to the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, US. 

The new Dugout Loop will transport sports fans and concert goers to and from the Dodger Stadium in fewer than four minutes. Currently the journey would take around an hour by car.

Consisting of a single 5.79km underground tunnel running from the stadium to the western terminus in East Hollywood, passengers will be transported to the tunnel by a ”Loop Lift” at each terminus. The tunnel will be built beneath public right-of-way or land owned or leased by The Boring Company.

loop lift and elevator

loop lift and elevator

Passengers will load into electric skates, which access the Dugout Loop tunnel from the surface via a ramp or elevator.

The top and bottom of the tunnel will be approximately 9.1m and 13.4m below the surface, respectively; however according to the tunnelling start-up, in cases where underground infrastructure such as utilities, bridge piles, subterranean pipelines exist at greater-than-normal depth, the tunnel depth would increase accordingly.

Up to six ventilation and exit shafts would be constructed on private property adjacent to the alignment.

Following construction of the tunnel, the Boring Company will install concrete “shelves” which serve as the guideway for the electric skates. The entire tunnel will be fully illuminated.

inside tunnel

inside tunnel

Construction of the tunnel and ‘loop lifts’ will begin at the Dodger Stadium property and is expected to take up to 14 months. Construction of the ventilation shafts will take around six weeks and will be constructed concurrently with development of the tunnel.

In the company’s website, it said that fares were not finalised but would cost around US$1 (79p).

The website said: “The Boring Company is excited to build useful public transportation tunnels in Los Angeles and is exploring concepts for potential future alignments. One initial conceptual idea is a tunnel connection between Metro’s Purple and Expo lines.”

Initially, the Dugout Loop will be limited to approximately 1,400 people per event and will transport 250,000 people per year.

Last month, the Boring Company shared an image of its test tunnel under Los Angeles. The 4.3km tunnel has been used for Boring Company engineers as a “proof-of-process” tunnel, to develop construction techniques, and sytem and safety testing of the transportation.

Musk has invested over £70M of his own money into the start up and has started production of lego style bricks made from tunneling dirt. 

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