Elon Musk’s construction firm cancels Sepulveda portion of high-speed LA tunnel

The Boring Company is now focusing on a test tunnel near Dodgers Stadium

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Nov.November 28, 2018 01:00 PM
Elon Musk (Credit: Getty Images)

When Elon Musk envisioned his system of high-speed vehicle transport tunnels beneath Los Angeles, many welcomed the idea in a city of increasing gridlock. Others, however, were more skeptical.

Following a contentious battle with neighborhood groups, Musk’s Boring Company — which is at work on the tunnel — will drop its plan for a test tunnel beneath Sepulveda Boulevard, the Los Angeles Business Journal reported. The tunnel network, as Musk has described it, would be a zero-emissions, high-speed method of transit for personal vehicles and single riders traveling through the city.

The company said it “amicably settled” the matter with the opposing parties, and is “no longer seeking the development of the Sepulveda test tunnel.” Instead, it will aim for a similar version near Dodger Stadium.

The neighborhood groups, which include Brentwood Residents Coalition and Sunset Coalition, sued the city in May after it approved construction of the test tunnel. In the complaint, they argued the Boring Co. should conduct a full environmental impact report before starting work on the 2.8-mile test tunnel.

The company will now focus on building a “Dugout Loop” that will help ease traffic for Los Angeles Dodgers fans. The operational tunnel is being marketed as a public transportation alternative for fans traveling from Los Feliz, East Hollywood and Rampart Village neighborhoods.

It is unclear when it will start work on the Dodger Stadium project. Boring Company was already eyeing that location, and in August, had been in the process of conducting environmental studies under state guidelines.

Boring Company is also working on a separate test tunnel in Hawthorne, which is its headquarters. In October, Musk announced on Twitter that a portion of the tunnel will be open to the public for free rides on Dec. 10. [LABJ]Natalie Hoberman


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Ardie Tavangarian and Elon Musk (Credit: Noam Galai and Saul Martinez, via Getty Images)

Developer Ardie Tavangarian buys four homes from Elon Musk

Developer Ardie Tavangarian buys four homes from Elon Musk
Elon Musk and the properties (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, and Google Maps)

Elon Musk lists another 5 homes for nearly $100M

Elon Musk lists another 5 homes for nearly $100M
Elon Musk and the two homes (Credit: Google Maps and Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Elon Musk lists Bel Air properties after tweeting: “Will own no house”

Elon Musk lists Bel Air properties after tweeting: “Will own no house”
Space X founder Elon Musk and Terminal Island (Credit: Getty Images and Wikipedia)

SpaceX back in Port of LA’s orbit

SpaceX back in Port of LA’s orbit
Joon Choi, principal at Harbor Associates, and 2400 Conejo Spectrum Street (Credit: Google Maps)

Harbor Associates leases up then sells off its Thousand Oaks office park

Harbor Associates leases up then sells off its Thousand Oaks office park
Abhi CVK and Rashid Aziz

New platform that automates real estate transactions just launched

New platform that automates real estate transactions just launched
Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar and the Nextdoor app

There goes the neighborhood: Nextdoor social networking app in expansion mode

There goes the neighborhood: Nextdoor social networking app in expansion mode
Rerouting: Responding to homeowners, LA wants navigation apps to avoid local streets

Rerouting: Responding to homeowners, LA wants navigation apps to avoid local streets

Rerouting: Responding to homeowners, LA wants navigation apps to avoid local streets
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...