Allow for Elon Musk's Boring Co. to drill a underground L.A. tunnel

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Allow for Elon Musk's Boring Co. to drill a underground L.A. tunnel

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Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging

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Elon Musk
Posted suggestion on May 12th, 2018
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First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done! 

Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months. Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with this project. Strong support from public, elected officials & regulators is critical to success.

As mentioned in prior posts, once fully operational (demo system rides will be free), the system will always give priority to pods for pedestrians & cyclists for less than the cost of a bus ticket.

Elon Musk
Posted suggestion on May 12th, 2018
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The Boring Company is seeking an excavation permit from the Bureau ofEngineering to construct a 2.7 mile tunnel (Proof of Concept Tunnel Project) which would provide proof of concept for a zero-emissions, high speed, underground, alternative means of transit for personal vehicles and/or single-rider use. The proposed tunnel would be used solely for construction logistics verification, systems testing, safety testing, operating, procedure verification, and line-switching demonstrations. The proposed entry/exit point is located at 2352-6 Sepulveda Boulevard, north of West Pico Boulevard and south of Mississippi Avenue, on a parcel owned by The Boring Company. The tunnel would end, without surfacing, below the vicinity of the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Washington Boulevard in Culver City.

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Philip Washington, Chief Executive Officer
Replied on April 17, 2018

We are aware of your request to the City of Los Angeles for an excavation permit for construction of the tunnel. It's important for you to know that based on Metro's legal authority through state law (Public Utilities Code section 130252(a)), all plans proposed for the design, construction, and implementation of public mass transit systems or projects in Los Angeles County must be submitted to Metro for approval. I suggest that Metro and The Boring Company commit to cooperating through our respective planning and engineering efforts to ensure that our projects are compatible. It is our belief that our efforts at delivering transportation innovation across the region can be best optimized through a continued partnership. We would like to meet with you and your staff as soon as possible so that we can better understand our respective goals and how our projects can best meet the needs of the people of Los Angeles County. Please let me know when your team is available for a meeting. 

Paul Koretz, Member of Los Angeles City Council District 13
Replied on April 18, 2018

The Boring Company is seeking an excavation permit from the Bureau ofEngineering to construct a 2.7 mile tunnel (Proof of Concept Tunnel Project) which would provide proof of concept for a zero-emissions, high speed, underground, alternative means of transit for personal vehicles and/or single-rider use. The proposed tunnel would be used solely for construction logistics verification, systems testing, safety testing, operating, procedure verification, and line-switching demonstrations. The proposed entry/exit point is located at 2352-6 Sepulveda Boulevard, north of West Pico Boulevard and south of Mississippi Avenue, on a parcel owned by The Boring Company. The tunnel would end, without surfacing, below the vicinity of the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Washington Boulevard in Culver City. On March 27, 2018, the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners determined that the Proof of Concept Tunnel Project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act and approved a haul route application. Pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 62.02(a)(1), City Council approval is required prior to the issuance of an excavation permit for construction of a tunnel structure. The Boring Company is now seeking that approval. The City of Los Angeles is committed to closely monitoring any public safety issues and impacts to the neighboring community which may arise during the course of this project. The project is categorically exempt under Section 15332, Class 32 of the CEQA Guidelines. I FURTHER MOVE that the City Council instruct BOE to file a NOE within five working days of City Council's authorization to issue the tunnel permit. I FURTHER MOVE that the City Council authorize BOE and other City Departments to issue any and all permits necessary to construct The Boring Company’s Proof of Concept Tunnel, including but not limited to excavation and revocable permits and to require no additional charges beyond the usual permitting fees and any necessary ongoing costs associated with those permits.

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