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Elon Musk’s freeway tunnel is dead in the water—and Twitter is celebrating
Bad news for Elon Musk and his dystopia-sounding Boring Company. Los Angeles’ Westside won’t be getting an underground tunnel after all.
The Boring Company originally planned to build the 2.7 mile-long Sepulveda tunnel, which would follow the 405 freeway and run from Sepulveda Boulevard to Washington Boulevard in Culver City. On Tuesday, the Boring Company announced the tunnel project would be scrapped after the company reached a settlement with various community organizations concerned with the project’s absent environmental review.
“The parties (The Boring Company, Brentwood Residents Coalition, Sunset Coalition, and Wendy-Sue Rosen) have amicably settled the matter of Brentwood Residents Coalition et al. v. City of Los Angeles (TBC—The Boring Company),” a Boring Company spokesperson said, according to NBC News. “The Boring Company is no longer seeking the development of the Sepulveda test tunnel and instead seeks to construct an operational tunnel at Dodger Stadium.”
Musk originally introduced the idea because he despised his commute across the city’s 405 freeway, according to NBC. It didn’t take long for Twitter to dunk on the Boring Company founder. After all, he can’t just build a tunnel wherever he feels like to make his life a little easier.
So Musk got mad that he wasn't allowed to skip over necessary environmental impact surveys and bailed? Dear Lord that guy thinks of the entire world as a playground and when people try to tell him that's not the case he just picks up his toys and leaves.
— Shivers (@Shivrars) November 28, 2018
What????? Thought he was the master of intelligence like Trump! 😩
— Kat (@wildkat8_kat) November 28, 2018
He never claimed that it would work. It was more of a hobby project for him.
— Chasé (@Chase_Michalski) November 28, 2018
Elon Musk pitching his next project pic.twitter.com/7AriU1LW05
— moonbot (@moonautomaton) November 28, 2018
Wow @elonmusk , can you ever see things through? This was much needed. I pray you don’t drop the ball for the hyperloop. Smh.
— James Lemus (@JamesLemus) November 28, 2018
— SchaefferBMW (@BmwSchaeffer) November 28, 2018
And that's how you change the world working 100 hours/week… https://t.co/DxdhLOT9wF
— Seiðr (@NewIlluminatus) November 28, 2018
Critics argue that Musk’s idea made no sense and posed real dangers to boot.
Kudos to @dennisjromero for not drinking the Kool Aid and extolling Musk prematurely for his supposed brilliance. Musk is the classic rich guy always looking to go to the front of the line w/o waiting like the rest of us… https://t.co/De2Ij8dkIJ
— Carlos Castillo (@CMCContent) November 28, 2018
Along that corridor he would have to levitate everything from the ground .. it's earthquake prone and sits right on top of the biggest fault line in California. Smart move .. think maglev if anything there. 0,o https://t.co/lOL1uzSnOJ
— ض۩†۩ض Razz ض۩†۩ض (@RWWWB) November 28, 2018
No shit Sherlock https://t.co/V2hwpttB0H
— Agorer (@LatveriasDoom) November 28, 2018
What was the point… https://t.co/ufVJU4mbBj
— Black Sailor Moon (@AshantiMutinta) November 28, 2018
— Dani M. (@War_Kittens) November 28, 2018
Thank god making the heavy traffic freeway with heavy cars on it unsafe with a hallowed our tunnel underneath we have earthquakes ….
— rebecca (@lilmexnurse) November 28, 2018
Don’t worry, Musk has enough stans to make sure his feelings aren’t hurt over the shutdown.
— cell phone self-own ♿️ (@g3thaunted) November 28, 2018
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Of course, this isn’t the end for Elon Musk’s tunnel-building dreams. His Hawthorne test tunnel is set to give out free rides next month. He also plans to ferry along passengers to Dodgers Stadium with his Dugout Loop, which would run under Vin Scully Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. But for L.A. residents that want to sidestep the 405, Musk’s pipe dream is already a thing of the past.
H/T NBC News
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Waypoint, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone's Glixel, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.