Elon Musk's Boring Company has published plans to build an underground transportation system connecting the Dodger Stadium to one of three Los Angeles neighborhoods.
The system, which will involve high-speed electric pods but is not classed as a hyperloop, could shuttle fans to the LA Dodgers' baseball stadium in under four minutes from either the Los Feliz, East Hollywood or Rampart Village areas.
The plan, published on The Boring Company's website on Wednesday evening (August 15), explains how the pods are based on the platform of the Tesla Model X and can accommodate between eight and 16 passengers each.
They can, according to The Boring Company, travel at between 125 and 150 miles per hour on their four-mile journey to and from the stadium, and tickets will cost "around $1," with riders asked to buy their tickets in advance via an app or over the phone.
Always exciting to see innovative ideas like the proposed Dugout Loop to @Dodgers Stadium that could help ease congestion on our roads and make our most iconic destinations more accessible to everyone. https://t.co/vleQtpUqnt — Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) August 16, 2018
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted about the project: "Always exciting to see innovative ideas like the proposed Dugout Loop to Dodgers Stadium that could help ease congestion on our roads and make our most iconic destinations more accessible to everyone."
Musk, boss of The Boring Company, as well as electric car company Tesla and rocket manufacturer SpaceX, tweeted: "Defeating traffic is the ultimate boss battle."
Computer-generated images show how passengers will board each electric pod above the tunnel. The pods are then lowered in an elevator (or 'Loop Lift') and propelled through the tunnel. At the stadium, the company plans to have pods exit on a ramp to reach street level.
Map showing proposed routes for the Dugout LoopThe Boring Company
The proposed transport system would be located on Dodger Stadium property at one end, and on land owned by The Boring Company at the other, but very close to a Metro Red Line station.
These stations are Vermont/Sunset, Vermont/Santa Monica and Vermont/Beverly, but it hasn't been decided which station the 'Dugout Loop' will be located next to in Los Angeles.
Regarding fears of the system interring with the Metro, The Boring Company said: "Dugout Loop does not have any Metro crossings and its western terminus will be close to the Red Line in order to complement the Metro. The Boring Company is coordinating with Metro on a regular basis to ensure project compatibility and utility, and will not begin construction until Metro has fully approved of the plan."
Render shows how pods would be lowered by elevator to the tunnelThe Boring Company
This system is simpler than The Boring Company's other projects at Los Angeles International and Chicago O'Hare airports. It involves a single, 3.6-mile tunnel and around 100 pods designed to transport 1,400 people to the stadium per event. This is just 2.5 percent of the stadium's capacity, but the company says it could be possible to increase this to 2,800 riders.
In all, up to 250,000 people could be transported by the system per year, although it will only run during games and special events taking place at the stadium.
Zero taxpayer dollars will be used to fund the project, The Boring Company says, as it will be 100 percent privately funded.
On the topic of earthquakes posing a threat to the tunnel, The Boring Company said: "From a structural safety standpoint, the tunnel moves uniformly with the ground, on contrast to surface structures." The tunnel will sit approximately 30 to 40 feet below the surface, the company says.
Defeating traffic is the ultimate boss battle — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 16, 2018