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Elon Musk is ready and tweeting ahead of his tunnel opening party

Elon Musk sure loves bricks, tunnels, and "Monty Python" jokes.
Elon Musk sure loves bricks, tunnels, and “Monty Python” jokes.

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The Boring Company pushed back the opening of its Hawthorne underground tunnel in Los Angeles, but recent signs point to the Tuesday event happening.

On Saturday, the tunnel-digging company CEO Elon Musk pumped up fans with a tweet featuring a movie poster-like look at the tunnel and the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Earlier in December, Musk teased “more than a tunnel opening” for the high-speed transit project when the event was pushed back from Dec. 10 to Dec. 18. He alluded to autonomous transport cars and car elevators on display at the opening.

More excitement was brewing for the first tunnel from the company with new decorations on a real “watchtower” a la Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a Musk favorite from the 1970s. The tower was recently spotted with a new brick veneer, which Musk also reposted on his Twitter with the caption, “Medieval Futurism.”

In November, Musk was hiring a “knight” (aka a guard) to work at this watchtower and “yell insults at people in a French accent.”

It’s almost tunnel time.

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In true Musk fashion, Boring Company test tunnel opening pushed back a week

The Hawthorne tunnel public debut got pushed back a week.
The Hawthorne tunnel public debut got pushed back a week.

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Long criticized for his time management skills, billionaire inventor Elon Musk is once again behind schedule on a major project.

This time it’s the underground Hawthorne test tunnel for The Boring Company’s high-speed transit system underneath Los Angeles. A big public opening experience was scheduled for Tuesday, but a company spokesperson emailed over a new date set for Dec. 18.

Musk tweeted about the delay, expertly spinning it as an improved event that just needs a bit more attention and time to pull off. He promised “more than a tunnel opening” with autonomous transport cars and car elevators. Maybe something like the elevator approved for under a Hawthorne home the company purchased? Guess we’ll find out later this month.

As a 2016 Gizmodo article succinctly (and still accurately) states, “Elon Musk is always late.” As The Boring Company is another Musk brainchild, it makes sense that the delayed pattern carries over.

The Hawthorne tunnel project website still lists Dec. 10 as the completion date for the first section of the 2-mile tunnel, and that may be the case. But it’s the public debut that Musk promised that is getting pushed back.

Back in October, Musk promised free rides for next week after an opening party the night before. Those looking for a free ride will need to clear out their schedules — this may take a while.

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Elon Musk celebrates The Boring Company’s L.A. tunnel completion with a video

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There’s light at both ends of The Boring Company’s first tunnel.

Elon Musk celebrated his tunneling company’s success on Friday night as a key phase in one of two ongoing Los Angeles projects came to an end. Just before 8:00 p.m. PT, Musk shared a video of a mammoth boring machine breaking through an opening to mark the end of the company’s Hawthorne tunnel.

Work on The Boring Company’s first “Hawthorne test tunnel” began in mid-2017. It runs the SpaceX headquarters (another Musk-founded company) and follows Hawthorne’s 120th St. for about two miles.

An opening ceremony is planned for Dec. 10, at which point the public will be able to check out the tunnel for the first time. It’s worth noting that The Boring Company’s website describes the soon-to-be-completed bit that will open on Dec. 10 as only the “first section” of what will presumably be a longer Hawthorne tunnel.

There are other projects in development as well. Also in L.A. is the “Dugout Loop,” which will give the residents of Los Felix, East Hollywood, and Rampart Village easier access to Dodger Stadium. Outside of California, The Boring Company is also working on a “Chicago Express Loop” for easier access to the city’s O’Hare Airport and an “East Coast Loop” that will connect Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

The Hawthorne tunnel is the smallest of those projects, and can accurately be characterized as The Boring Company’s proof-of-concept tunnel. Still, with the Dec. 10 opening now less than a month away, opening up the other end of the tunnel — which workers have been sealing off behind the boring machine — is a major step forward.

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Elon Musk goes underground to show ‘disturbingly long’ LA tunnel

The Boring Company CEO Elon Musk seems to be confounded about what a tunnel is. It’s ironic since the company’s main mission is to build tunnels for quick, high-speed underground travel. Or the tweets are just Musk being faux-modest about what his company’s accomplished.

Musk, the man behind SpaceX and Tesla, said ln October that a tunnel in Los Angeles would open by the end of the year. On Saturday night he tweeted a preview of the dark and “one-dimensional” underground tube. 

He said he walked the entire tunnel and found it “disturbingly long.” The tunnel is supposed to be 2.7 miles upon completion.

These all seem to be common descriptors for tunnels, but Musk is still surprised by the tunnel’s tunnelness.

The first section of the Hawthorne test tunnel that Musk showed in a 34-second timelapse video will be open for rides, so pedestrians and cyclists can try it out, after an opening party on Dec. 10. 

In a new podcast interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher Musk talked about The Boring Company and building a network of tunnels under Los Angeles. Again he brought up the dimensionality of the tunnel — and distinguished what makes his tunnels different from a subway system. 

“…even subways tend to be essentially two-dimensional. You’ll have a subway cross another subway, but they’ve never really tried to make many layers of subways,” he said.

He called the upcoming opening event a “one-dimensional party” — it seems he really wants us to understand this is a single tunnel going from point A to point B. Low expectations.

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Elon Musk’s high-speed hyperloop tunnel in L.A. will soon be open for public rides

The Boring Company's test tunnel for the ultra-high-speed hyperloop under Hawthorne, California is "almost done."
The Boring Company’s test tunnel for the ultra-high-speed hyperloop under Hawthorne, California is “almost done.”

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Elon Musk says the first tunnel is “almost done.” 

Posting on Twitter on Sunday night, the Boring Company founder and CEO announced the first test tunnel of the ambitious ultra-high-speed hyperloop project in Los Angeles will be open for public rides on Dec. 11.

The very first LA tunnel, which will primarily function to transport pedestrians and cyclists, was officially completed in May, after digging permission was granted in August last year. 

Musk has previously announced that the service will apparently cost passengers just $1 to ride on shuttles within the city when it officially launches.

On Sunday, the CEO tweeted that the test tunnel’s opening night event will happen on Dec. 10 with free rides for the public the following day. leaving from near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

Where does the tunnel run? According to the Boring Company’s website, it runs from SpaceX’s parking lot east of Crenshaw Boulevard and south of 120th Street, then it turns west under 120th Street, and remains underground along 120th Street for 2 miles.

The top speed in the tunnel, according to the CEO, will be 155 mph (250 km/h).

Musk is somewhat famed for missing deadlines. But guys, Dec. 10 is apparently the actual, real life, not-to-be-delayed date it’ll launch.

Elsewhere, Musk also got permission from Maryland officials for his Boring Company to build a 10-mile tunnel in the state last year. It will mark the first part of Musk’s envisioned hyperloop to transport people underground between New York and Washington, D.C. in just 29 minutes.

In June, Musk also won a bid to build a high-speed train from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to downtown. The new rail line, or Chicago Express Loop, will see 12-minute trips in electric vehicles called “skates,” from the airport’s new terminals to the Block 37 super-station downtown. 

Now, who’s keen to line up for a free ride? Three words: get there early.

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