Elon Musk’s ambitious plan to slash commuting times with tunnel systems beneath major cities has just had a major makeover.
The Boring Company boss tweeted details this evening on an ‘adjusted’ plan for the urban loop system, revealing a new focus on mass transit.
While Musk previously outlined a system that would ferry individual cars at high-speeds on electric ‘sleds,’ a new animation visualizing the project shows multi-passenger carriages that prioritize pedestrians and cyclists.
In some ways, Musk’s new vision is much like the original plan.
But, instead of beginning with personal cars, it will first roll out to the masses.
The electric buses would descend to the tunnels in an elevator shaft, before setting off on a track where they can hit speeds of up to 125 miles per hour (200km/h).
‘Adjusting The Boring Company plan: all tunnels & Hyperloop will prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars,’ Musk tweeted Friday evening.
‘Will still transport cars, but only after all personalized mass transit needs are met. It’s a matter of courtesy & fairness. If someone can’t afford a car, they should go first.’
Musk also offered additional insight on how the transport system will fit into urban life.
And, while the idea might at first sound like another subway, the CEO says there will be some major distinctions.
‘Boring Co urban loop would have 1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city, rather than being a small number of big stations like a subway,’ Musk explained.
In a video shared alongside the new details, futuristic passenger cars can be seen picking up riders from the street level, before descending on a high-speed trip to LAX.
The latest details come just days after the billionaire shared a chuckle-worthy post on Instagram from inside a hole dug by his boring machine.
Musk, pictured alongside the massive machinery, can be seen resting his hand upon the metal grating, with the caption, ‘Sometimes when we touch, the honesty’s too much.’
The Boring Company boss shared a glimpse at the company’s progress on social media over the weekend, referencing Dan Hill’s 1977 ballad in the hilariously intimate post.
Along with the lyrics, Musk also wrote, ‘Deep in the hole with my boring machine.’
Despite the ambitious nature of the plan, Elon Musk’s Boring Company has made major strides toward the development of traffic-beating tunnel systems in the US in recent months.
The firm was recently granted a permit by Washington DC’s Department of Transportation that will allow digging to begin within a designated area in the district.
While the permit is so far considered to be ‘early and vague,’ the firm says the site could one day be used as a station in the larger network, according to the Washington Post.
The permit comes just months after Elon Musk claimed he had received ‘verbal government approval’ to build a Hyperloop connecting New York to Washington, with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore.
And, last month, DC Mayor Muriel E Bowser visited the tunneling firm in California to get a first-hand look at what the Boring Company is all about.
With permission from the DC government, the Boring Company can now do work within an abandoned parking lot at 53 New York Avenue NE, near the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to The Post.
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