Details: Elon Musk’s Boring Co. Would Connect Brightline To Fort Lauderdale Beach In 3 Minutes

Details of a proposal by Elon Musk’s Boring Company for an an underground transportation system in Fort Lauderdale have been revealed.

The unsolicited proposal was submitted to the city in June, and was obtained recently by The Next Miami after confidentiality rules expired.

It shows that the company is promising a tunnel system called Las Olas Loop that would bring passengers from downtown Fort Lauderdale to the beach in just 3 minutes.

Tesla cars would speed passengers along underground tunnels at an average pace of 50 miles per hour, the proposal says.

Eventually, the company would consider an underground network throughout Fort Lauderdale.

Brightline could play a key role, with two possible stops at Brightline stations in a potential expanded network.

The existing Brightline station in Fort Lauderdale is also listed as the first option for the initial route.

Potential stops for the expanded network would include:

  • FLL Airport
  • The proposed Brightline Station next to FLL Airport
  • Port Everglades
  • The resorts area
  • Fort Lauderdale Tri-Rail station
  • The Galleria mall
  • Carter Park
  • DRV PNK Stadium

The Boring Company says it has funding to build the initial tunnel system, and can guarantee a firm maximum price. The city can repay the company in installments.

The system also has the advantage of easy expansion possibilities, with additional capacity provided by adding more cars or building more tunnels, the company said.

It can also be easily connected to other potential systems in the region. The company has held talks with officials in Miami about a potential system.

Fort Lauderdale voted in August to accept the proposal, and is expected to give final approval to the deal within months. Construction is estimated to take a year once final approval is given.

 

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Bandit
25 days ago

It seems like our elected officials will do anything but build actual public transit…

Anonymous
24 days ago

In Miami there are thousands of buses running 365 days a week. People who NEED to get somewhere have a lot of affordable options.

I get it…there are lot of mama’s boys who are far to good to ride a bus. They need a custom transport system to suit their stature….and…they need some sugar daddies to pay for their WANTS.

Anonymous
24 days ago

you ride the slow bus to hell….

Anonymous
22 days ago

Miami also have their own train system which broward county does not because the rich does not want to feel the ground vibrating even if its elevated over the road.

Anonymous
24 days ago

The Mayor killed “The Wave,” a solid streetcar proposal, so go figure.

Anonymous
24 days ago

it sucked and was a bad joke, but you public transport fanboys think anything with the word transit is good.

Anonymous
21 days ago

That was what made him electable in beautiful Ft. Lauderdale. As they say Miami and Ft. Lauderlade are only 30 years away from each other.

Madonna's Magical Hemorrhoid
25 days ago

This proposal is such a waist of time! We need real transit. Use his boring machines for real rail tunnels if necessary.

Anonymous
25 days ago

waste

Anonymous
25 days ago

His boring machines are too small for rail tunnels. Thats the whole gimick

Anonymous
25 days ago

The main reason it keeps the costs down.

Anonymous
24 days ago

There are many videos online about the how shitty a boring tunnel is. A good way to think about it is if one flight lands and half the the passengers use the tunnel it’ll back up the whole system for a while. Now imagine multiple flights landing and Brightline arriving….But the city could build a more advanced form of transportation thats already driverless such as a people mover which can handle a far greater number of commuters. Or pretty much anything other form of mass transit will work.

Anonymous
24 days ago

The main reason is it’s for his Teslas.

Anonymous
24 days ago

So what do you think he puts in those ‘too small tunnels? Moles?

They are smaller in diameter and hold a single train. Quicker to bore through areas and reduces the amount of dirt and rock to put somewhere else. Reduces the cost too.

Anonymous
21 days ago

doesnt hold a train. Its pavement with basically tesla cars in it. Because, you know, in a small closed environment you want vehicles driving on pavement with tire wear instead of using rails and durable materials.

Anonymous
24 days ago

No WE dont NEED.

I very loud and whiny minority WANT some other transit than what exists.

Anonymous
22 days ago

yes… Million dollar train cars with 3 people in them half the time. Genius.

Anonymous
21 days ago

“Million dollar train cars with 3 people in them half the time. Genius.”

This would describe the MetroMover 1980-2002, except it cost 100’s of millions to build, and 10’s of millions to operate annually.

Anonymous
25 days ago

To think Fort Lauderdale gave up the Wave Streetcar for this, wow

Anonymous
25 days ago

Wave Streetcar was a joke

Anonymous
24 days ago

Yeah, a joke way ahead of its time considering Brightline, Flagler Village, and the system’s expandability. Meanwhile, Miami has 1970s technology shortbuses on giant flyovers ruining streetscapes, yet you would probably go soyface for an expansion.

Anonymous
24 days ago

No, it’s all a waste. Buy yourself a car soyboy.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Or an Uber
Or a Lyft
Or a Lime
Or a Byrd
Or a Taxi
Or a bike
Or use a Bus
Or a pair of walking shoes

WHAAAAAA!!
But…but…but…I would have to PAY for those things either my OWN money….sniff…

Anonymous
24 days ago

Voters approved Wave too. Streetcars and trams are perfect for South Florida. Just take away some of the excessive vehicle lanes for dedicated trams.

Anonymous
25 days ago

No matter how many places in Fort Lauderdale are connected by the Boring tunnel, this is will do nothing to elevate traffic in Fort Lauderdale or create an alternative solutions to potential public transportation alternatives. Remember,
1) There will be a premium cost to utilizing the Tesla tunnel, so the majority of residents of Fort Lauderdale will not be able to use this as an alternative means to travel throughout the city ]
2) The tunnel will not carry enough people in an hour to be an alternative to even bus transport. The largest Tesla only seats seven. This system is still not self automated, so a driver means there are only six passengers per vehicle. The most capacity wise this will do is add the equivalent of another completely full bus to Broward Transit Line 11 (from downtown Fort Lauderdale to Beach)
3) While the proposed map does connect some potentially high frequency areas of Fort Lauderdale, there is not a focus on connecting actual residential parts of the city with this new system. Instead, the primary focus seems to be on connecting tourists around the city instead of connecting residents. Considering the possibly that some government funding or subsidies will be used to build the project, any reward will benefit only a select few of Fort Lauderdale residents.

Anonymous
25 days ago

For 30 million whats wrong with building a nice marketable transit system for tourists? The media attention alone with Elon involved will help pay for this thing in no time.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Exactly. This is a media / buzz play. FTL wants to be put on the map and I think they have the balls to do it. This will generate national attention.

Boyd Corbin
24 days ago

Didn’t the 250,000,000 gallon sewage spill in 2020 put us on the map?

Anonymous
24 days ago

the what? apparently not.

Anonymous
24 days ago

So what?
Assuming that it ONLY benefits tourists…so what?

If the initial pilot proves out, this iterates from novelty to an expandable solution whose construction and operation makes no impact on the natural landscape. If not, so what?

Anonymous
24 days ago

1) As for number #1. Fine. If there is a premium cost, that is great. The “majority” of residents…will not be able to use…. Nonsense, they will be able to use it. If they want a mode with massive operational subsidies, the buses are a very affordable option in case they don’t.
Not all modes and routes have to cover every square inch of a county, or serve every individual human being.
Even this goes from one end of Las Olas to the other, give it a shot. People just might find that a guy who sends rockets to the International Space Station and then safely lands and reuses boosters, might be smarter than the 45 year bureaucrat in the county transportation department.
2) For some individuals, it most certainly will. Buses are slow, and stop A LOT. Teslas, even with a driver today, are easily and swiftly upgradable, and given that the Broward County Transit department probably doesn’t have the best AI computer engineers on staff, and the Boring Company does, I”d bet on TBC to adapt and adjust more swiftly and cost effectively.
3) Just a guess…but I’d bet that the places that the tourists go (attractions/restaurants/museums/beaches/etc) are not fully robotic and those places have human workers who very likely live in Ft. Lauderdale. Just a guess, but I’d also bet that the major transit cores are traveled by locals and tourists alike.

Adrian
25 days ago

That is shit, the capacity would be terrible. If you are running a car, and it is fully occupied that’s 4-5 passengers. If you are running one every 3 minutes, that’s like 20 an hour. You’re only transporting between idk 80-100 passengers per hour. That’s a waste.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Point taken but no one is transporting 4-5 people to work or their destination in a car. Not even uber or lyft. 3 people max.

Anonymous
25 days ago

How about TriRail to airport straight shot?

Anonymous
24 days ago

Really

Anonymous
25 days ago

But what’s the capacity? Hourly throughput similar to a single city bus?

Anonymous
24 days ago

A little bit more than Metromover.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Underground tunnels in limestone in a city that regularly floods.

Genius.

Anonymous
24 days ago

“Underground tunnels in limestone in a city that regularly floods.
Genius.”

Thanks for the Pro Tip. I never thought of that.
DM me with your fix.

– Elon Musk

Anonymous
24 days ago

“More inconsequential posts by me”

–Anonymous

Livin' off A1A
25 days ago

I don’t see why Musk&Co just design a Tesla Bus with higher capacity and then it might be something akin to “mass transit”… not “4-to-5 people crammed into an electric car” transit! (???)

Anonymous
24 days ago

Fix the sewer drainage and water systems first! These runoffs are killing our mangroves. What the f*** is wrong with you elected officials!

Anonymous
25 days ago

I’m not a big believer in this, but its cheap and letting ft lauderdale be the guinea pig sounds good to me its worth a try i think

Anonymous
25 days ago

The map looks like a great system but it’s a waste of money if it can only sustain a Tesla driving people around

Anonymous
24 days ago

Except, its going 50mph underground.
No red lights.
No stop signs.
No pedestrians to hit.
No traffic jams.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Real question, is this basically a subway that uses teslas?

Anonymous
25 days ago

I like the idea but why can’t it be a legitimate underground tunnel system connecting these areas that people can actually drive their own cars through? Why make it like a ride sharing initiative instead of a full traffic alleviation system that can help everyone, most importantly the people who actually live and drive in the area daily?

Anonymous
24 days ago

Once built, what stops Tesla from creating train-like mass transit vehicles for these tunnels?

Anonymous
25 days ago

1 year!?

Anonymous
25 days ago

Just goes to show how broward leadership is holding the entire county back. What a massive waste of funds.

Anonymous
24 days ago

No wonder it’s a Democrat stronghold.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Didn’t Mayor Suarez want the same shit built in Miami?
What about Carlos Gimenez??
Quoting what was called the former First “Lady” “Gimme an F….. Break”

Anonymous
25 days ago

“Details”

Boyd Corbin
24 days ago

I’ve been trying to get copies of the unsolicited bid to build a new $430m water treatment plant but they won’t give me a copy. Now they are paying a finance company $464k to review the bids. What does a finance company know about engineering for city tap water??? Kickbacks???

Anonymous
24 days ago

Who would take this to Carter Park? A Galleria stop would be interesting to hopefully make that mall great again. Also, “resorts area” is a nice way to say “airport and cruise ship hotels.”

Anonymous
24 days ago

Terrible idea and waste of money! The Mayor does not seem to understand his target users. People going to the beach are not using the Brightline and Brightline uses are not going to the beach. Even if you were able to get people to take a Tesla from downtown to the beach, I would like to see the Mayor jump in a Tesla for a ride to the beach after it has been shuttling people back and forth all day when they are wet and sandy. I can only imagine the smell and cleanness of these cars after a full day of trips…let alone as a proposed long term solution. Also, is his idea to minimize traffic? He must not understand his own traffic patterns. Is Las Olas really your source of congestion? Stupid idea and makes no sense. Fort Lauderdale residents should not support this idea.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Doesn’t it soung too good to be truth?

Anonymous
25 days ago

Elon is a stupid cunt that wastes our time and money for our cities. Such a ridiculous concept.

Anonymous
25 days ago

This will be a $$$ down the drain.
Not to mention the flooding catastrophe

Anonymous
24 days ago

That’s what I wrote

Anonymous
24 days ago

How can underground tunnels be “easily” expanded? Wtf?

Anonymous
24 days ago

More important, would not underground tunnels be below sea level at Fort Lauderdale

Anonymous
23 days ago

Please share full proposal for reference.

Anonymous
21 days ago

3 minutes x 400000 people

Anonymous
25 days ago

Daddy Elon ❤️

bro bro
25 days ago

no matter how many tunnels are created, fort lauderdale will never be miami

Anonymous
25 days ago

And Miami will never be Fort Lauderdale.

bro bro
25 days ago

thank God

Anonymous
24 days ago

And Akron will never be Reno.

Anonymous
24 days ago

Imagine that, eventually the company would consider boring additional tunnels. How kind of them. And I am sure the city officials appreciate Musk’s thoughfulness. I swear this town is full of complete morons from north to south, east to west.