The Boring Company Offers Students Tour of Hawthorne Tunnel in L.A.

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As work on The Boring Company’s Los Angeles tunnel is over, there’s little left for the company’s engineers to do except wait for brainiac Elon Musk to come up with the vehicles to traverse it. Until then, showing the hole in the ground to all interested seems to have become a habit.
On Tuesday, the company that digs in the ground and sells flamethrowers announced it will be offering free tours of the 2.7 miles tunnel to school students from all over the Los Angeles County.

“We are hosting student tours of the Hawthorne tunnel site for schools in LA County! Each tour can accommodate up to 30 students. Interested faculty (or students with a faculty sponsor!) can reach out to [email protected],” the company said the tweet announcing the decision.

The section of the L.A. tunnel linking SpaceX’s parking lot in Hawthorne and the Los Angeles International Airport was completed in May, following less than a year of digging. The stretch of tunnel is a small part of the envisioned network of subterranean routes that would ultimately be used for the creation of the Hyperloop system.

After all the tours are over and actual pods are inserted into the Los Angeles tunnel, up to 16 people would whoosh by at speeds high enough to allow a ride between downtown Los Angeles and the airport in as little as 8 minutes.

According to Musk, travelers will have to pay even as low as 1 dollar per trip. In the first months of operation, however, The Boring Company plans to offer the trips for free. People will also be able to use the tunnel on bikes or on foot.

The Boring Company was selected in June to build the tunnel that will link downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport. The system is to provide 20 minutes or fewer rides, 50 percent faster than current transit time.
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