Elon Musk wants to build a tunnel to cut down on traffic in Los Angeles — and it looks as though he’s actually going to make it happen.
Musk said early Wednesday morning on Twitter that he is making progress with his plan to dig a tunnel under Los Angeles. He said digging would start in Crenshaw, California, at Interstate 105, just five minutes from Los Angeles International Airport and across from his desk at SpaceX.
Musk has for a few years been a proponent of more car tunnels. He brought up the topic on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “StarTalk” radio show in March 2015 when he said tunnels were a far better way to reduce traffic than flying cars would be.
“If you were to extrapolate that to cars and have more car tunnels, then you would alleviate congestion completely. You would not need a flying car in that case,” Musk said at the time. “And it would always work, even if the weather is bad. It would never ice up, and it would never fall on your head.”
Exciting progress on the tunnel front. Plan to start digging in a month or so.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2017
But it seems Musk got serious about pursuing the idea when he got stuck in particularly nasty traffic in December.
“Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging,” he tweeted on December 17. “It shall be called ‘The Boring Company,'” he added.
Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016
Shortly after, he added “tunnels” to his bio on Twitter alongside his current ventures: Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI.
Musk has met with President Donald Trump, who has said he plans to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure projects, twice — once in New York, with other tech CEOs, and more recently in the White House, for a discussion on US manufacturing with other company executives.
That could help Musk get some political leverage to make his tunnel vision a reality, especially since it could create quite a few American jobs.