A company owned by billionaire Elon Musk today unveiled a proposal to build a 3.6 mile, high-speed underground transit system that would connect Dodger Stadium with the Red Line in either Los Feliz or East Hollywood.
The underground line is the latest eye-opening — or eye-rolling — concept introduced by Musk’s The Boring Company. The firm has also proposed building a network of tunnels across L.A. for its system of electric-powered “skates” that would whisk passengers to their destination at speeds of up to 150 mph.
The Dugout Loop, as the project is known, would run under Sunset Boulevard through Echo Park and Silver Lake. Then it would connect to the Red Line through three alternative routes that would terminate in either Los Feliz, East Hollywood or Rampart Village.
The entire trip, according to the company website, would take less than 4 minutes and the fare would cost $1. Musk company also claims that the system would be privately financed, require no road closures and carry about 250,000 passengers a year. But The Boring Co. was short on specifics and did not explain how much the line would cost, how it would pay for it.
The Dodgers gave their initial blessing to Musk’s underground line, which would have an eastern terminus and station in the Dodger Stadium parking lots.
“We were excited when the Boring Company came to us with this project,”said Tucker Kain, CFO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a statement. “Whether it is flying overhead in an aerial transit system or bypassing traffic through an underground tunnel, we are always looking for innovative ways to make it easier for Dodgers fans to get to a game. We are committed to working with our neighbors and fans as the project moves forward.”
The tunnel announcement comes a few months after a proposed aerial tramway between Union Station and Dodger Stadium was announced by private investors.
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