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Boring Company aims to give ‘free rides’ in tunnel

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The Boring Company tunnel lies beneath Hawthorne, Calif. (Boring Company Photo / October 2017)

The details may be fuzzy, but billionaire Elon Musk says he’s aiming to open the Boring Company’s first test tunnel beneath the Los Angeles area to the public in a few months, “pending final regulatory approvals.”

The Boring Company has been working for well more than a year on a tunnel that has its entrance in what was once a parking lot next to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.

Last month, the Los Angeles City Council’s public works committee approved an environmental review exemption that cleared the way for another tunnel project beneath West Los Angeles. As laid out by the Los Angeles Times, the Boring Company’s plan traces a 2.7-mile route that lies 30 to 70 feet below ground.

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By Alan Boyle

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