Maybe Elon Musk enjoys taking a walk around Echo Park Lake or bar hopping in Silver Lake? How else to explain why the two Eastside neighborhoods would be served by the second phase of the billionaire’s proposed high-speed underground transportation system called the “Loop.”
Electric skates or platforms traveling at between 125- and 150-mph would transport vehicles and people in a tunnel connecting Downtown L.A. and the two neighborhoods, according to Musk’s The Boring Company, which is seeking permits to build a network of such tunnels. Another tunnel would tie Downtown and Dodger Stadium.
Under the concept, the skates would travel through a main artery and then exit at stations “as small as a single parking space,” said the company.
The stations and tunnels would be part of the second phase of the the Loop, which would stretch from the Valley and Santa Monica to Long Beach Airport. The company this year filed for a permit that if granted would allow it to begin excavating the first phase of the Loop, a 6.5-mile tunnel on the Westside that would be used to test and refine the concept.
Here is how the company describes the second conceptual phase that would include Echo Park and Silver Lake:
“Phase 2 specifics would be developed in cooperation with Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, city governments in the greater Los Angeles area, and the general public. The Boring Company looks forward to receiving feedback from residents of the greater Los Angeles area on station locations and system improvements for Phase 2 and beyond.”
The Boring Co. said it will use techniques that will make tunneling much faster and cheaper than the process and equipment now used to build subway tunnels.
Is the Loop science fiction of a feasible transportation system? Stay tuned – for a long time.
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