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Elon Musk’s 150mph 'Loop' tunnel system to open in December

Elon Musk’s 150mph 'Loop' tunnel system to open in December

"The first tunnel is nearly done", Musk said on Twitter late Sunday night.

Musk tweeted on Monday (NZT) that his aspiring underground transportation project would open its first test tunnel in Hawthorne, south of the city's global airport.

The first tunnel, under Hawthorne in the Los Angeles area, is nearly done and will open on December 10, Musk said.

Musk, a space entrepreneur and electric-car pioneer, has pledged to complete the test tunnel by the end of the year.

The tunnel beneath the L.A. suburb of Hawthorne acts as a proof of concept for the Boring Company's proposed loop system.

Musk said on Twitter that the Boring Co. will hold an opening event to showcase the test tunnel on the night of December 10. In June he said the fare would be $1 per passenger.

In 2016, Elon Musk founded The Boring Company, an infrastructure and tunnel construction enterprise, which by 2017 filed permitting application with Los Angeles government regulators to build a tunnel from Hawthorne to Westwood.

Musk previously said his tunnelling company "started out as a joke" and acknowledged the project might fail.

By lowering the cost of building tunnels and providing a transit alternative to driving, the company would help alleviate city congestion and offer high-speed transportation options across the country.

Supporters of the technology have discussed a vision where a trip between Los Angeles might take 30 minutes instead of five or six hours.

The trial tunnel will have a top speed of 155 miles per hour, according to the billionaire-entrepreneur, surpassing the 125 mph traveled by an electric sled in a video of a test run posted in May past year. "I think real", Musk replied.

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