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Elon Musk says his transit test tunnel close to completion

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Published Oct 23, 2018, 5:31 pm IST
Updated Oct 23, 2018, 5:31 pm IST
Elon Musk is planning to offer the public free rides through a tunnel.
(Representational image/ AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)
 (Representational image/ AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)

Elon Musk says he's planning to offer the public free rides through a tunnel he bored under a Los Angeles suburb to test a new type of transportation system.

In a series of tweets on October 21, Musk said the tunnel is almost complete and there will be an opening event on the night of December 10 and free rides for the public the next day. The tunnel runs about 2 miles (3.2_kilometers) under the streets of Hawthorne, where Musk's SpaceX headquarters is located.

 

Musk has described a system in which vehicles or people pods are moved on electrically powered platforms called skates at speeds up to 155 mph (250 kph). Musk wants to build a tunnel across western Los Angeles and another between a Metro subway line and Dodger Stadium.

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