Take me to the ball game: Elon Musk wants to build Loop system to Dodger Stadium

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Aug.August 16, 2018 11:00 AM
Elon Musk and Dodger Stadium (Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Getty Images)

Between online feuds with rappers and heroic cave divers — and potentially illegal tweets about taking Tesla private — Elon Musk hasn’t exactly been batting .1000 lately.

His Boring Company is stepping up to the plate however, revealing big plans on Wednesday to build a Loop rapid transit system between Dodger Stadium and Metro Red Line stations in Los Feliz, East Hollywood, or Rampart Village.

The so-called “Dugout Loop” is meant to reduce vehicle traffic in the area by providing an alternate transit option to the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A ride would cost around $1 and take about four minutes each way, according to the Boring Company.

As with other proposed Loop projects, passengers would be transported at speeds up to 150 miles an hour in autonomous electric “skates” — cars that can carry up to 16 passengers.

The Dugout Loop would terminate near one of three Metro Red Line Stations — Vermont/Sunset, Vermont/Santa Monica, or Vermont/Beverly — and would have an initial capacity of 1,400 people per event at Dodger Stadium. Schedules would be based around events on those days, running before and after.

The Loop could be a boon for developers along the route. Besides bringing people to areas around the Red Line to get to the stadium, the system would likely draw curious tourists and locals looking to get a look or take a ride on the futuristic mass transit system. Los Feliz and East Hollywood have seen significant residential and commercial development in recent years.

There’s at least one Angeleno excited about it: Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“Always exciting to see innovative ideas like the proposed Dugout Loop…” Garcetti said in a tweet Wednesday.

The Boring Company did not specify when it plans to start work on the project. It is currently undertaking environmental studies under the California Environmental Quality Act and plans a public scoping meeting on the project at Dodger Stadium at the end of August.

Dugout Loop is part of a larger network of Loop tunnels the Boring Company wants to build across Los Angeles, in an endeavor that for now, at least, is expected to be privately funded. Musk’s company is starting with a 2.7-mile long proof-of-concept tunnel on the Westside.

The company got a thumbs-up in April to move ahead with the project from the City of L.A.’s Board of Building and Safety Commissioners.


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