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Tesla’s Los Angeles and Maryland Tunnel Crash | Automotive industry news

Both US projects are currently bogged down in unregulated land and have yet to start.

Four years ago, Elon Musk embarked on an ambitious project to connect Washington and Baltimore with an underground tunnel. A year later, Musk’s tunneling company, Boring Co., announced another attempt: building an underground transport system to bring fans to Los Angeles Dodger Stadium. Today, is not nearly complete.

Both projects are currently bogged down in land that has no regulatory environmental review and has not yet ground ground. Now, Boring Co. removed all mentions of either from his website – a hint that Musk is backing projects.

Dena Belzer, president of Strategic Economics Consulting and Lecturer in Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, said: “Large infrastructure projects tend to be hidden in people’s minds. long after they died peacefully. “I think you can declare these people dead.”

Baltimore-to-Washington Loop, the term for Boring Co. for the electric vehicle system in the tunnel, announced in 2017, making it the farthest of the two. Boring Co. bought a Washington property that could serve as a potential terminal, and in 2019, Maryland and federal traffic officials released their 411-page draft environmental assessment of project. That was two years ago. The next step, if it did, would be the Federal Highway Administration declaring that the project would have no impact or trigger a more in-depth assessment known as the Environmental Impact Study.

The Dugout Loop, announced in 2018, didn’t even go that far. Last year, city officials said the project was under environmental review – in this case, it means an outside company is studying the project’s environmental impacts. No reports have appeared in public. When asked about the current state of the Dugout Loop, officials referred questions to Boring Co., which did not respond to questions via email.

The Los Angeles Dodgers also did not respond to a request for comment. Maryland’s transportation division referred questions to Boring Company and the Federal Highway Administration, stating whether the company is moving forward and on what schedule is a question only companies can reply.

Elon Musk at an event announcing the Boring Co. test tunnel. Hawthorne in Hawthorne, California [File: Robyn Beck/AFP/Bloomberg]

Predictions for the Dugout Loop are especially high. Three years ago, then Los Angeles Dodgers CFO, Tucker Kain, discussed a plan to transport fans from neighboring regions to the team’s stadium for minutes. But last year, a deadline passed without the tunnel opening.

Progress has been delayed by two of Boring Co.’s major projects. It highlights the enormous structural and regulatory challenges facing Musk’s company, which aims to build tunnels deep underground and pass Tesla vehicles through them. Other projects have been scrapped or undone before. These include a plan for a tunnel to the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago that was disturbed when its biggest champion, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said he would not run again by the end of 2018. Another proposal for a tunnel west of Los Angeles died after a resident’s lawsuit. And the Baltimore-Washington tunnel itself has been scaled down from the original vision for a New York-Washington link.

Despite such failures, Boring Co. strides have been made in recent months. Last week, in Las Vegas, convention center officials introduced a new system less than a mile long to complete with reporters. Meanwhile, the company’s plan to add a broader citywide system in Las Vegas is underway with initial approval from the authorities. The company is studying soil and groundwater conditions before applying for a permit, a city spokesperson said.

As for other projects, there’s still a chance that the Dugout Loop or DC-to-Baltimore Loop will be revived someday. “Everything will be back in a transformational form,” says Belzer, the consultant. “You can always qualify for a death certificate with a zombie disclaimer.”



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