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Elon Musk’s freeway tunnel is dead in the water—and Twitter is celebrating

Don't worry, Musk has plenty of other tunnels on the way.

 

Ana Valens

Tech

Published Nov 28, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 12:40 am CDT

Bad news for Elon Musk and his dystopia-sounding Boring Company. Los Angeles’ Westside won’t be getting an underground tunnel after all.

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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.

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“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.

https://twitter.com/Chase_Michalski/status/1067665676280782848

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Critics argue that Musk’s idea made no sense and posed real dangers to boot.

https://twitter.com/AshantiMutinta/status/1067669814544494592

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Don’t worry, Musk has enough stans to make sure his feelings aren’t hurt over the shutdown.

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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

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*First Published: Nov 28, 2018, 10:22 am CST