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By Dennis Romero
The boring company Elon Musk announced Tuesday that she had put an end to a project that seemed to be nothing more than an underground dream.
The company announced Tuesday that it was withdrawing its plans, unveiled in 2017, from a high-tech transportation tunnel below Highway 405 along the Westside of Los Angeles. In a statement, the Boring Company asserted that the withdrawal was the result of an agreement reached with community groups that had sued the city of Los Angeles for its decision to exempt the project from the process. slow environmental review.
"The parties (The Boring Company, Brentwood Residents Coalition, Sunset Coalition and Wendy-Sue Rosen) settled amicably the case of Brentwood Residents Coalition and others v. City of Los Angeles (TBC – The Boring Company), "a statement sent by a spokesman for Boring said. "The Boring Company is no longer trying to develop the Sepulveda test tunnel, but is looking to build an operational tunnel at the Dodger stadium."
This boring proposition is called the high speed transport project with dugout loop. It would transport fans of match Vermont Avenue subway lines to the baseball stadium located three miles (4.8 km) via "a fleet of fully electric powered Tesla Model X self-powered platforms" from the Musk automaker , Tesla, according to a summary of the city.
He has the support of Mayor L.A. Eric Garcetti. NBC News contacted the Mayor's office for his response to the withdrawal of his Westside plans by Boring Company, but could not get an immediate response.
The Westside Tunnel is the result of Musk's criticism of its 17 km route along the 405 from Golden Bel Air to Hawthorne, where Boring and its rocket building company, SpaceX, are headquartered.
The video published by the Boring Company in 2017 showed a concept that vehicles would descend into tunnels and then follow trails vaguely resembling toboggan runs.
But Musk's plans seemed to go beyond reality.
The billionaire on Twitter said in October that the first leg of his project under the city of Hawthorne, technically a test tunnel, would be open to the public on December 10 and offer free walks to all visitors the next day.
While Musk first described his tunnel as the beginning of a system to bypass the 405 freeway, one of the country's busiest documents, Hawthorne City, showed that Local leaders had approved that a pedestrian tunnel from the One Rocket Road office of SpaceX to its parking across the street.
The municipal authorities have subsequently approved an extensive test tunnel, but it has never been clear whether Musk 's idea of using Tesla platforms as "electric pads" had already been successfully demonstrated.
The State Occupational Safety and Health Division (Cal / OSHA) said early 2017 that the proposal had not yet been approved.
And although Boring initially described its work on the first segment as "a 3-km underground tunnel extending from the SpaceX property to the intersection of 120th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard," the officials said. the state finally approved a tunneling worth 950 feet, or fifth of a mile.
A Cal / OSHA official said last year that the project would also need "encroachment permits" from the city, county and state if the tunnel passes under public property .