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Elon Musk submits bid to build beach tunnel transport system in Florida – Dezeen

Elon Musk’s transport tunnelling firm Boring Company is bidding to build an underground tunnel loop between downtown Fort Lauderdale and the beach.

Images via the Boring Company.
Images via the Boring Company.

Fort Lauderdale has voted to approve a proposal from Elon Musk‘s tunnelling firm Boring Company to build an underground transit loop connecting the downtown part of the Florida city to its beachfront.

Fort Lauderdale’s mayor Dean J Trantalis tweeted on 7 July that city officials had accepted the proposal from the Boring Company to undertake the infrastructure project.

“Other firms have 45 days to submit competing proposals,” added Trantalis. “This could be a truly innovative way to reduce traffic congestion.”

Called the Las Ollas Loop, the tunnel would allow cars to drive underground to the beach instead of travelling along the road at surface level.

Underground loop proposed as alternative to railway

“Fort Lauderdale and the Boring Company made initial contact early this year to discuss underground alternatives to the construction of a high-rise commuter rail bridge over the New River,” the City of Fort Lauderdale said in a statement.

Fort Lauderdale is a coastal city 40 kilometres north up the coast of Florida from Miami. It has a population of 1.8 million and is a popular tourist destination.

“The underground transit loop would provide quicker and more efficient access between downtown and the beach as well as alleviate street-level traffic,” added the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Two test tunnels built so far

Technology entrepreneur Musk founded the Boring Company in 2016 in response to his personal frustration with road congestion in Los Angeles. He imagined a system of tunnels that would allow people to travel at high speeds in driverless cars fixed on rails.

However, the design has evolved during testing and now involves a tunnel wide enough to accommodate a single Tesla – the electric car developed by one of Musk’s other companies – being driven through manually.

Elon Musk drove a Tesla through the first test loop in Hawthorne
Elon Musk drove a Tesla through the first test loop in Hawthorne

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