Elon Musk’s Boring Company Wins Bidding For Fort Lauderdale Underground Transportation System

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company emerged victorious in a bid to build an underground transportation system in Fort Lauderdale, and the city will now move forward with final negotiations, according to Bloomberg.

The system will be known as Las Olas Loop, and consist of two tunnels running 2.5 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale to the beach.

Passengers of the transit system would be driven in dedicated Tesla cars (private cars won’t be allowed). Eventually, the cars will become driverless once technology advances.

Mayor Dean Trantalis estimated that the system could cost $90 to $100 million to build, in an interview with NPR last week. The exact financial details are still not public.

Trantalis’ estimates include $10 to $15 million per mile in construction cost for two tunnels that are 2.5 miles each, costing up to $75 million. He also estimated additional costs to build stations would bring in to the $90 to $100 million range.

Funding could come from a 1 percent retail sales tax meant for transportation.

Construction is estimated to take one year once the city gives the final green light.

Eventually, the mayor said he wants the system connected to the airport and seaport.

Pumps would keep the system dry during storms. The company’s chief geologist visited Fort Lauderdale and inspected an existing tunnel, determining that the new system could be built safely.

The city voted in July to accept the proposal, but also open it up to competing bidders for 45 days. Two other groups did submit bids during the 45 day but were disqualified for not meeting state laws on public-private partnerships.

City staff will now move forward with negotiating final terms, before presenting it to the city commission for a vote.

Miami is said to be seeking a similar system.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami should watch Fort Lauderdale. This project will be a disaster, so we can all point and laugh at all of their wasted tax dollars and zero transit.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Fort FECALdale? How about they spend money fixing their water and sewer pipes first!!! Every other month a pipes breaks as spills shit everywhere

Anonymous
4 months ago

I wouldn’t be living in an building that these go underneath. This project just screams sinkhole!

Null
4 months ago

The cylindrical walls are far stronger than what they replace. Water proof as much S man can make things.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Would you live in a building that a highway runs underneath?
[Of course not, because they…because…oh nevermind]

Debbie Downetno
4 months ago

These tunnels are subject to flooding with king tides, rising sea levels, and a potential of a direct hit by a major hurricane,. These tunnels can become a death trap.

Debbie Downetno
4 months ago

Debbie Downer…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Debbie Dummy 🙂

Anonymous
4 months ago

Las Olas still floods even after the major drainage work that was completed a few years ago. I used to run from the city to the beach every day, and sometimes you would just have to cross a saltwater puddle. If you’re unlucky a car plows through it and showers you.

Anonymous
4 months ago

What is your expert opinion of the PortMiami tunnel that goes underneath the cruise ships in Givernment cut?

Did that ever flood 4 years ago during Hurricane Irma when Brickell flooded for several hours?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Surfside Part II

Anonymous
4 months ago

Why do say that ?

Anonymous
4 months ago

We point and laugh anyway because it’s Broward County.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Didnt the tunnels he built in vegas turn out to be a MAJOR disaster?

Anonymous
4 months ago

I’ve heard they build this new thing in Europe and Australia, it’s electric, comfortable and can easily take 40-50 people onboard… And they don’t need to build a tunnel for it…. How it’s called? Ah, yes, it’s called f*cking TRAM! And it was invented more than a century ago. Stupid europeans build them instead of paying Mask 100 million for 2.5 miles of useless transportation system

Anonymous
4 months ago

Fort Lauderdale was about to build one, but the genius mayor killed it. The fact this overhyped crap is approved instead tells you something.

Alexander Peijnenborgh
4 months ago

Go checkout pricing on those, a single cart will cost you 3 million each at least.

Anonymous
4 months ago

There was the WAVE, which if it was approved, would have opened this year. It would make so much more sense to bring back the WAVE

Anonymous
4 months ago

The wave didn’t even go to the beach dude, that’s how irresponsible the wave is. Named the wave aka las olas but never actually goes to the beach LMAO and they wanted the county to pay for 50% of the cost!! All for Broward county lawyers to catch a sandwich tram for them to do a loop around downtown. It didn’t even connect anything.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Btw the “sandwich tram loop” was slang term before Uber eats was developed (over 10 years ago) so now who will really ride a loop around downtown to not connect anything ??? Why would a tourist be able to fund this loop to no where?

Anonymous
4 months ago

The Wave covered the North-South corridor, which is rapidly developing around Federal.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Your numbers are off.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Sales tax has been increased for a while and Broward is still waiting on anything, meanwhile Miami dade raised theirs 30 years ago and got SHIT lmao

Anonymous
4 months ago

Since these are ONLY for Teslas, this is an underground example of “Lexus Lanes,” i.e, Tesla Tubes. How the city can justify this expenditure for the rich at the expense of everyone else is… shamelessly amazing. If only Tesla owners can use it, make them pay for it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Buy a Tesla

ur mom
4 months ago

Its for “Electric Cars”.

You sound like the someone who would say “Why are they building roads with our money for those that can afford those new engine cars! What about the horse paths and feeders for our carriages!”

Anonymous
4 months ago

So let’s build a tax funded system that is only for Mr.. Tesla’s product will be able to use….yes, that’s brilliant idea…everyone will use it…. This is with PUBLIC money!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Sooo…is it Bombardier that makes the taxpayer funded MetroMover cars in Miami-Dade?
And a German, or Chinese, or Italian, or Canadian company that builds the Metrorail cars for the Metrorail?

I don’t understand the hostility.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Private cars are not allowed. You can’t bring your Tesla. There will be existing teslas already in the tunnel. You get to the tunnel somehow, enter it and a tesla drives you to the other end of the tunnel, then you get out and go somewhere else somehow. With the stations, Fort Lauderdale will be paying like $200 million for this. Maybe 10 people will use it. Ever.

Null
4 months ago

Running from a parking lot to the beach?

Beats waiting in long line, dropping your family off, then parking healing what’s left (lions share), and trying to find your family amongst the crowd…

Well, a tourist opinion.

In a year or so you’ll have a serious advantage to the other destinations.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Which I could give you +10 Null…its so true.

The bitter ones dont seem to understand how this works.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It will be a tourist attraction and something no doubt that will be touted in our tourist advertizemen

Anonymous
4 months ago

“Maybe 10 people will use it. Ever.”
I bet $10,000 on the over.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Dude. Understand the proposal first before you comment on it. The reason they are Tesla’s is because they don’t have exhaust like other cars. This cuts down on the need for extensive ventilation systems and helps keeps cost down. Thats one of the reasons the boring company can dig so quickly and cheaply (relatively so). Tesla’s also update overtime software capabilities increase. That way, when self driving is perfected in a few years, the loop just runs itself.

Anonymous
4 months ago

1.5 miles will not need ventilation??? COxide I can see, but what about the people in the tunnel??

Anonymous
4 months ago

Who maintains it, and what metrics determine success?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Like he said to the dude….
True, no exhaust, and dont discount that the embedded software as mentioned. From the first ride, all cars can communicate with “the tunnel” and can communicate with each other.

In the future, it gets even better.

Null
4 months ago

People walk up and shuttled.

No Lexus lane.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Does the City have to but the Teslas or does

Anonymous
4 months ago

“Buy” the Teslas, or does Elin supply them? Who is responsible for the maintenance of this tunnel? Why do we Citizens never see the detail? Because they can’t see past the stars in their eyes?

Anonymous
4 months ago

They should take the Logos off and make a new logo that says WAVE…then the whiners can be happy, and people who understandand care about wasteful spending will be happy too.
The Tesla cars/sleds will cost 1/10th of any silly Euro tram car with easily upgradable and flexible parts and components.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Should serve as a blueprint for Miami – all bridges in Brickell went up at 5pm yesterday to let a cargo ship pass through so the entire city was stuck. Why would you lifet bridges at 5pm? It’s insane…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Metro rail and metro mover worked just fine.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I’m sure they did – wish I could use them to get home from work, but like most people living outside the city I unfortunately rely on my car and dealing with the bridges getting raised right as the vast majority of office workers leave work is frustrating to say the least.

Anonymous
4 months ago

you are absolutely correct….bridges should be locked down 4-6 pm….

Anonymous
4 months ago

That’d be far too sensible 🤣

Anonymous
4 months ago

Park at the nearest Metrorail station.

Anonymous
4 months ago

yall are really not in touch with reality, they dont take us where most people live at. People want their cars no matter how much yall deny it.

Living off A1A
4 months ago

This is beyond the truth! I can drive for 35-min from home to work (Bay Harbor to just south of Downtown) … or I can take MDT for 3.2hr. And still have to carry my computer and stuff in the sweaty humidity or rain for the final 25-min walk.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Grab a Bird! Will turn that 25 min walk into a 10 minute breeze

Anonymous
4 months ago

“Metro rail and metro mover worked just fine.”
DAMN! What day was that?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Move to Idaho if you don’t like cities and infrastructure

Anonymous
4 months ago

Ya ok so because I’m stating my frustration with bridges opening at rush hour you blurt this out? You’re hilarious!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Plenty of people act like smartasses anonymously online, especially morons 🤣

Anonymous
4 months ago

what a stupid statement…shouldnt have to move anywhere….urban living requires understanding.traffic delays and various quality of life issues… but also great leadership and those bridges create havoc when allowed to operate during rush hour in what is the second densist city behind manhatten

Anonymous
4 months ago

densest

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami is not the second densest city in the country. People love to say the neighborhood of brickell is second to Manhattan but brickell is literally only a fraction of the size or population of Manhattan. These two areas are not comparable brickell is a neighborhood and Manhattan is a borough. The second most dense city in the country is San Francisco after NYC.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The way I say it is, “Brickell is the most dense residential neighborhood south of Manhattan”.
Prove me wrong…

Anonymous
4 months ago

There are rules and regs to lock bridges down during rush hour on the Miami River.
There must have been a special situation if a freighter came through at 5pm.

Miko
4 months ago

The issue is a city pathetically lacking infrastructure

Living off A1A
4 months ago

What is this thing called “infrastructure”? Que?

Anonymous
4 months ago

That portion of Miami Dade is very small compared to the rest of the county —

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is an incredibly stupid idea. Why not just build a monorail. At least everyone can see that coming.

Anonymous
4 months ago

One word: cost. In the LVCC loop, a conventional monorail bid cost about 4 times of the Boring tunnel.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Functional things tend to cost more than pipe dreams. The Las Vegas one is a perfect example of why even if everything works perfectly you can’t move nearly as many people as a subway.

Anonymous
4 months ago

But there’s transportation tax to cover it. How about infrastructure money to go monorail?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Cost is one reason. The second is the fact you would completely destroy Las Olas by putting a monorail right down the middle of it. Obviously.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Shut down Las Olas. Make it a promenade. Use your parallel street concept you kept so long.

Urbanista
4 months ago

If they can run a Tesla bus then this makes total sense. Otherwise, its usefulness is limited.

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/tesla-city-bus-joins-7-other-tesla-concepts-in-rendering-galore-139886.html

Living off A1A
4 months ago

When do we get a Boring Tunnel featuring a Tesla *Train*? Moving dozens at a time, rather than just six!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Must be one incredible pump to keep water out during storms.
Future air taxis will make a better alternative, and won’t milk from taxpayers. One year seems underestimated on time.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Are the existing tunnels down here constantly flooding?

Anonymous
4 months ago

They are not below sea level, and they are only a skip long.

Anonymous
4 months ago

BS the Port Tunnel is 1.3 miles and goes below sea level. It’s never flooded and has barriers they shut during bad storms.

Captain Reality
4 months ago

The noise (and necessary “noise tax”) and cost of insurance will make air taxis a much more expensive alternative. Think about the energy required to get an object of substantial payload (6 passengers, for apples to apples comparison) at approximately 1,000 lbs off of the ground. Then consider the machinery required to do so, and then the energy source needed. It will be a small fortune to fly to your office (think: helicopters as a method of transport).

Anonymous
4 months ago

Nonsense.
Air Taxis are noisy, they blow a lot of air around, they are inefficient, and it hurts when they dont land correctly.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Fantastic news. Pay no attention to people who think throwing rocks at people improves the world. This is how you improve the world, with a willingness to look for creative engineering solutions. Physics is the Law. Everything else is a recommendation.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Nice post – you get the lollipop 🍭

Realtalk Reilly
4 months ago

Strongly, STRONGLY disagree with the notion that throwing rocks at people does not improve the world.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Criticizing a government for wasting money on a project that, due to physics, is way worse than existing forms of transportation is not throwing rocks. Now if only there was a way to connect the cars together, make them bigger, make them fast, and allow 100s of people to load in less than 30’s. We could call it the subterranean way.

Anonymous
4 months ago

So rather than a standard Tesla off the shelf with standardsized parts, service center and qualified technicians, with easikybupgradeabke software…
the preference is for Givt Bureaucrats procurre some customized shuttle/rail/trolley/whatever cars built overseas, that require specialized parts training and will need to be taken outing service constantfly?

The uniquebselling proposition. From TBC is that it is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper to build, and SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper to operate.

Anonymous
4 months ago

1 year to construct? i have to see this…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Terrible idea. I live in the area and there are many other options much better than this one.

Anonymous
4 months ago

What an absolute waste of taxpayers money. If this doesn’t tell you how backwards and incompetent Broward county, and City of Ft. Lauderdale leaders are then I don’t know what will. Miami better not even EMBARASS itself like they are about to.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I have a feeling you’re afraid this system might be a great success and that worries you for some reason.

Anonymous
4 months ago

What’s the capacity?

Anonymous
4 months ago

7 people per car, that is it

Anonymous
4 months ago

6 not including the driver

Anonymous
4 months ago

Per hour?

Anonymous
4 months ago

15 cars per hour until one of them sets on fire and they realize there’s no emergency exit system built into the tunnel and only one car can occupy the tunnel at a time due to emergency situations.

Anonymous
4 months ago

90 People an hour.. About the same as 1.5 city buses. Got it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Her are more busses per hour now than 15 !

Anonymous
4 months ago

For context, Broward Transit operates Route 11 about every half hour during the peak hours along the same route as the Boring Tunnel. Broward Transit typically use 40 ft buses to operate the route. If the maximum capacity of one of these buses is around 80 people, and two buses per hour carry 160, the new boring tunnel would only be adding the equivalent of a third bus per hour. It will not improve the transit options from downtown to the beach.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Dude the bus in Broward is for poor people

Anonymous
4 months ago

Is it free?

Logic
4 months ago

Except that this would alleviate the amount of those 2 busses and the countless cars that would no longer be needed – all from the roadway. That’s what new transit is about: efficiency, mass movement of population, and relieving the existing infrastructure (roads) that cannot handle the existing needs, let alone what we’ll see as population and businesses continue to arrive.

Anonymous
4 months ago

but this tunnel is only for tesla cars. Last i checked not everybody drives a Tesla

Anonymous
4 months ago

the system uses tesla with a driver. It is not for people who own a tesla.
In Las Vegas about 70 cars are used for a three mile loop with three stops.
The cars can depart at less than 10 second interval with a flow rate of 600 cars per hour.. Videos are available on the internet.

Anonymous
4 months ago

So, the answer is the city offers a contract to Mr. Tesla who will build the system, and surprise, we also, will have to use only the Product that Mr. Tesla is manufacturing and promoting….interesting

Anonymous
4 months ago

Maybe the people “yet to arrive” do, or its in their deal.

Anonymous
4 months ago

How is a tunnel for low-capacity cars “mass movement of population” compared to an actual transit vehicle?

Anonymous
4 months ago

This system, I am sure, has some mechanical part to it…it too will require maintenance!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Buses can’t be considered in solving transit crises.

Anonymous
4 months ago

And why not? Buses are used in every city to move people…..

Anonymous
4 months ago

I heard a rumor that there are no red lights in the tunnel, and unlike the bus, it doesnt run over cyclists or pedestrians.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Thank for the article…would have been better if 1 out of the 7 ppl they iinterviewed where from S. Florida.

Realtalk Reilly
4 months ago

I guess I need to spend more time in Fort Lauderdale because I have never seen traffic congestion there that would warrant something like this. What am I missing? What are the best days to go? lol

Anonymous
4 months ago

No kidding…I drive from Rocco’s to A1A today (Labor Day Weekend), and no traffic at all eastbound.

Anonymous
4 months ago

So much hate here

Pa Steven
4 months ago

Who got the pump contract?

Anonymous
4 months ago

The sheer volume of commenters here whi dig tunnels for living, manufacture fast electric TBMs for living, develop reusable rockets for a living and single-handedly push an entire auto industry to go EV Is astounding.

So everyone here just thinks no one else though of a train or no one knows how to use math or use excel to extrapolate costs of option A or option B???

Anonymous
4 months ago

Literally no city in the world with an actual, useful transit infrastructure is seriously considering Tesla Tunnels even as a multimodal option. None. The ROI and functionality on these is horrific even on paper, and using a Las Vegas loop beneath a convention center as a benchmark is silly.

Moreover, the public has a right to criticize things billed as “public transit/transport” regardless of their experience in building or engineering said transport tech or systems. Especially if they’re footing the bill. You sound a bit ridiculous.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“The best argument against Democracy is found by having a 5 minute conversation with an average voter”

Anonymous
4 months ago

$100 million dollar tunnel to nowhere. This isn’t going to solve any traffic issues. I haate how the politicians love to spend money that they didn’t earn.

Anonymous
4 months ago

What bidding? The bid was awarded and then 45 days was added to see if any other bidders wanted to be considered. Two different companies expressed intetest, but they were disqualified. So congrats Elon, looks like you were the only bid. Big competitive win.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This was an unsolicited proposal by the boring company. Any other company could’ve offered their own proposal at any time before TBC happened to submit theirs. The 45 days is standard procedure for bids in Ft Lauderdale.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Dean this is a really dumb waste of $……

Anonymous
4 months ago

The Tesla tunnel is a joke. What a waste of money. Why not just build a subway and/or light rail system instead?

https://youtu.be/HVS-YTUf7cM

Anonymouse
3 months ago

How about using the 100 million to build more bike-paths and a tram-system? There are a lot more practical and cost-efficient ways to manage traffic. This project is pure ego-fluff for the mayors legacy. Perhaps a referendum by the residents would be in order to gauge true interest. Just a few people in commissioner chairs does not make a city.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Man do we need a tunnel connecting brickell and downtown! That would be a game changer.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Why ? I like watching the palm trees and the pretty señoritas while crossing the bridge

Anonymous
4 months ago

Brickell is Downtown. You mean Brickell connected to the Central Business District.

Anonymous
4 months ago

U won’t catch me in one of the tunnels, look what just happened in Philadelphia, the pump failed and Vine Street expressway is buried under 30 ft of water.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Great post and what about what happened in Atlantis? The whole city is underwater.

Anonymous
4 months ago

what a dumb project…bury the train line before this

Anonymous
4 months ago

The Boring Company does not have the know-how to do this job. They will sub-contract professionals, 100%

Anonymous
4 months ago

Tunneling into the foundation substrate is a disastrous idea….Surfside hired Geologists as well and we know how that worked out…sure maybe that had no correlation, but it also possibly had…with disastrous results. With the battery in Tesla’s catching on fire now…perhaps that is something to think about.
Finally, the projected costs with taxpayors’ dollars is just that….a Guess! For every 1 project that comes in at or below estimates; 10 or more far exceed the projection….
Look at highway construction, or building a house, or remodeling….everything has “unforeseen” exspenditures….
And, “a sales tax to fund this project”, has a curious way of not going away….when the cit realizes people will pay it, there will always be another “project”….one can easily see the greed and graft here just as we se in Washington.
Driverless cars have their own problems; with all due respect to Mr. Tesla, I am not ready to bet the bank on this technology.
The idea is fine, but, I feel this will be another “Spruce Goose”

Anonymous
4 months ago

The Next Broward

Anonymous
4 months ago

^^TheNextStupidComment

Anonymous
4 months ago

lol…