As The Boring Company prepares to make a public screening of its first tunnel completed on December 10th, the start of the Elon Musk tunnel boring machine revealed that it was abandoning its plan to dig a tunnel under Sepulveda Blvd. on the Westside of LA. The company's decision to abandon its project comes amid an agreement with a group of Westside advocates who alleged that the local government had violated state law by deciding to go to court. Exempt the validation tunnel from Boring's concept of review under the California Environmental Quality Act (California). .
In a joint statement Tuesday, The Boring Company, together with the plaintiffs, said that they had "settled amicably" the lawsuit. The terms of the settlement of both parties remain confidential, although, as noted by counsel for Westside's lawyers, The San Diego Union-Tribune. With the Sepulveda Boulevard Tunnel projects now abandoned, the Boring Co. will focus on building the Dugout Loop loop, a tunnel system connecting the Dodger Stadium and a subway station.
The legal opposition to the Sepulveda Tunnel first appeared in May, when two local neighborhood groups – the Brentwood Residents Coalition and the Sunset Coalition – commenced legal action, alleging that the project was actually part of the project. 39, a larger system of tunnels for public transport. In the future.
Tunnel startup was progressing rapidly in the licensing process at that time, in part because The Boring Company had stated that the tunnel would not be used to transport commuters, which would allow the project to benefit from 39, an exemption from the environmental review. This was stated in the FAQ of The Boring Company on its website.
"The tunnel would be used for verification of construction logistics, system testing, safety testing, verification of operating procedures and line switching demonstrations. Phase 1 would not be used for public transit until the county government, the city government and TBC failed to pass the process validation tunnel. "
At the heart of the plaintiffs lawsuit was a map published by The Boring Company for its planned tunnel routes. Among the proposed routes, there was a line that seemed to follow the route of the Sepulveda Boulevard Tunnel. In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs indicated that "stringent requirements for state environmental review can not be avoided by dividing large projects into smaller pieces that, individually, do not do not seem to have a significant impact on the environment. The Westside supporters also expressed their disapproval of the commission an itinerary that The Boring Company would use to transport 80,000 cubic meters of tunnel land.
The projects of the Boring Company in Westside, Los Angeles, attracted their own share of criticism. When lawyers filed their complaint earlier this year, Rick Cole, the city director of Santa Monica, expressed skepticism about the concept of the tunneling startup as a whole.
"We will have people stuck in traffic on the surface and this miraculous way underground for those who can afford it. These will be toll lanes on steroids, "he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The transaction between The Boring Company and Westside supporters is a major impediment to his projects in the Los Angeles area, but the start of tunnel construction is progressing in his other activities. The test tunnel under SpaceX's Hawthorne headquarters is being refined and is expected to be released on December 10th. The construction of a garage lift prototype directly connected to a tunnel is currently experiencing intense activity. Permits to establish The Brick Store, a point of sale where Boring Bricks would be sold, were also filed.
In addition, the tunnel start-up is preparing to launch its most ambitious project to date, the Chicago-O'Hare high-speed transmission line, which is expected to begin construction soon. Project updates are rare, although photographs taken by Teslarati photographers, Pauline Acalin and Tom Cross, suggest that a porch for the Chicago Tunnel Line, as well as what appears to be a new generation of tunnel boring machines, is under construction.