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
24 days 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
24 days 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
24 days ago

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

Null
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
21 days ago

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

Debbie Downetno
24 days 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
24 days ago

Debbie Downer…

Anonymous
21 days ago

Debbie Dummy 🙂

Anonymous
24 days 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
21 days 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
24 days ago

Surfside Part II

Anonymous
24 days ago

Why do say that ?

Anonymous
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days 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
24 days 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
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days 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
21 days 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
21 days 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
20 days ago

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

Anonymous
21 days ago

Your numbers are off.

Anonymous
24 days 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
24 days 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
24 days ago

Buy a Tesla

ur mom
24 days 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
23 days 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
21 days 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
24 days 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
23 days 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
21 days ago

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

The bitter ones dont seem to understand how this works.

Anonymous
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
21 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days 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
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days ago

Who maintains it, and what metrics determine success?

Anonymous
21 days 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
23 days ago

People walk up and shuttled.

No Lexus lane.

Anonymous
23 days ago

Does the City have to but the Teslas or does

Anonymous
23 days 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
21 days 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
24 days 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
24 days ago

Metro rail and metro mover worked just fine.

Anonymous
24 days 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
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days ago

That’d be far too sensible 🤣

Anonymous
24 days ago

Park at the nearest Metrorail station.

Anonymous
24 days 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
24 days 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
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
21 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days 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
24 days ago

densest

Anonymous
23 days 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
21 days ago

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

Anonymous
21 days 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
24 days ago

The issue is a city pathetically lacking infrastructure

Living off A1A
24 days ago

What is this thing called “infrastructure”? Que?

Anonymous
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days 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
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days 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
23 days ago

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

Urbanista
24 days 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
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days 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
24 days ago

Are the existing tunnels down here constantly flooding?

Anonymous
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days 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
24 days 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
21 days 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
24 days 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
24 days ago

Nice post – you get the lollipop 🍭

Realtalk Reilly
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days 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
20 days 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
24 days ago

1 year to construct? i have to see this…

Anonymous
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
18 days 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
18 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days ago

What’s the capacity?

Anonymous
24 days ago

7 people per car, that is it

Anonymous
24 days ago

6 not including the driver

Anonymous
24 days ago

Per hour?

Anonymous
24 days 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
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days ago

Her are more busses per hour now than 15 !

Anonymous
24 days 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
24 days ago

Dude the bus in Broward is for poor people

Anonymous
23 days ago

Is it free?

Logic
24 days 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
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days 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
23 days 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
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days ago

Buses can’t be considered in solving transit crises.

Anonymous
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
21 days 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
20 days ago

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

Realtalk Reilly
24 days 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
20 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days ago

So much hate here

Pa Steven
23 days ago

Who got the pump contract?

Anonymous
22 days 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
22 days 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
20 days ago

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

Anonymous
17 days 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
23 days 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
20 days 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
23 days ago

Dean this is a really dumb waste of $……

Anonymous
22 days 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

Anonymous
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days ago

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

Anonymous
20 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days 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
20 days ago

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

Anonymous
24 days ago

what a dumb project…bury the train line before this

Anonymous
24 days ago

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

Anonymous
23 days 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
24 days ago

The Next Broward

Anonymous
24 days ago

^^TheNextStupidComment

Anonymous
24 days ago

lol…