Elon Musk’s Tunnel Company Met With Miami’s Mayor To Begin Planning Underground Transportation

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has officially commenced talks with local politicians on building transportation tunnels underneath the Miami area.

Musk’s company is telling officials that it can build tunnels for 50 to 100 times cheaper than previous tunnels have cost.

The Boring Company is quoting a price to local mayors of just $10 to $20 million to build tunnels in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, according to the Sun Sentinel.

By comparison, cost estimates to build a tunnel in the area are estimated at $1 billion per mile. The 4,200-foot PortMiami tunnel cost $668.5 million.

Both the mayors of Miami and Fort Lauderdale have held talks with the company, and Mayor Francis Suarez said he hopes to speak directly with Musk in the coming days, according to the Herald.

In Miami, Mayor Suarez said the tunnels could be used to kickstart the Smart plan for mass transportation.

Suarez also confirmed the Boring Company price was just $10 million per mile.

In Fort Lauderdale, the first project could be a tunnel to replace Brightline’s bridge over the New River. Other options could be east-west commuter lines, and to the beach.

 

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Anonymous
4 months ago

Replace the brickell bridge asap!!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Pilot program… 1st candidate

Anonymous
4 months ago

They’ll tell you that’s too costly.

Anonymous
4 months ago

That’s exactly why they are meeting with Elon’s company. I place more credence in Elon than on any bloated federal/State bureaucrat who cares more about reelection than on making very tough and controversial decisions.

Anonymous
4 months ago

AGREED

Anonymous
4 months ago

Have you ever heard of “cost overruns?”

Anonymous
4 months ago

So….Elon2024?

Anonymous
4 months ago

No luck, since he was born in South Africa, he’s ineligible to run for president. Maybe FL Gov in 2022 tho…

Anonymous
4 months ago

“So….Elon2024?”

Aren’t you through with business A-HOLES like Trump who knows nothing about politics but wanna be in some political office?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes. You are right. My bad.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s a historical bridge. Leave it alone. Build a tunnel as a supplement.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Once upon a time (Johnny Winton era) there was a plan to enter/exit a tunnel from about SW 7th Street underneath the Miami River at what amounts to SW 1st Avenue which would enter/exit to the North at SE 2nd Street. This would relieve a lot of traffic and make a smooth CBD Brickell transition.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This project may seem crazy but one thing I have learned is never bet against Elon Musk.

Azarius
4 months ago

He’s only trying to push us forward

Anonymous
4 months ago

Why? Out of the goodness of his heart?

Anonymous
4 months ago

lol.. yeah, it has to be out of the goodness of his heart because it damn sure won’t be out of his wallet.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Build a subway system then!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Really?
For whom?
What routes?
With all the free parking there is in this city???

Anonymous
4 months ago

Exactly. People in this city are still b!tching about the outrageous amount still owed on the Marlins stadium.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miamians not have the mass transportation culture as citizens of big cities.

Optimist
4 months ago

If the tunneling is really just $10 million per mile (hard to believe), then a subway would be very affordable.

Anonymous
4 months ago

First project should be getting the freight train that goes to the port of Miami underground.

Anonymous
4 months ago

amazing idea!

Anonymous
4 months ago

this would be amazing especially with Brightline coming to the port also! that train in the mornings when trying to go to work and at night when trying to leave is a NIGHTMARE

Anonymous
4 months ago

Extend it to Miami Beach, too. If the line can serve Coastal Link, that solves every issue for Baylink.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Brickell avenue makes the most sense to be first. I can’t think of another one.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This would be great if they could reclaim space above ground, especially downtown, and make it more park like and pedestrian friendly.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Make Downtown more “park” like?

How much time do spend in the Biscayne Park? Margaret Pace Park? Maurice A. Ferre Park? Bayfront Park?

This city has work to do on a lot it’s drab areas and more parks ain’t gonna cut it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Since the cars are underground, would it not be better to make the streets more for people, i.e. trees to provide shade, large outdoor eating areas, ability to cross the street anywhere without the fear of being trampled.

This would activate the ground floor retail even more as it would encourage walking and increase foot traffic.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You must really live in La La land?

Anonymous
4 months ago

People in miami love to walk. They take uber for 2 blocks distance.

Anonymous
4 months ago

If there was an adequate train and stations , they could close some streets and make them pedestrian

Those who say can’t walk – look at north beach Lincoln Blvd – it’s full of pedestrians

Anonymous
4 months ago

Because there’s density and lack of parking but with ample parking on this side of the bay…

NYC Loves Miami
4 months ago

Yo Elon, bring the submerged floating tunnels to Miami that’s being built in Norway.

Anonymous
4 months ago

No. Just no. Not that any relief is coming soon but this will make sure that us residents will never see any change. We just want an option to get out of our cars!

Anonymous
4 months ago

We like our cars, get over it. People living in brickell next to a metromover station rather take a uber to downtown Miami.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I live in Brickell and take the mover into downtown.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Well most don’t

Anonymous
4 months ago

Looks like you didn’t count on someone who lives in Brickell debunking your BS, huh?

Anonymous
4 months ago

I live in downtown and use my car for everything. I rarely walk around, mostly because of the heat/humidity. Friend lives in the Ivy and drives to the EPIC everyday.

Anonymous
4 months ago

you are right. no one walks or takes public except the service / cleaning ladies. too damn hot and humid plus it is not safe crossing the street in Miami.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not safe because people like you who can’t be bothered to get exercise and walk

Anonymous
4 months ago

This comment is rich with classism.

Anonymous
4 months ago

So why live downtown?

Anonymous
4 months ago

how is it bs ? I live in brickell and most people rather use uber. Your in lame inner circle isnt the majority of brickelites

Anonymous
4 months ago

Who did the survey you are referencing?
Didn’t think so

Anonymous
4 months ago

who asked you?

Anonymous
4 months ago

On a date? Or do you and your wife and kids take the mover too? Millennials are so self centered!

Anonymous
4 months ago

You’re either geriatric or you live in Kendall, or both

Anonymous
4 months ago

You put down Kendall because you can’t afford to buy a house. Some of you guys either live in tiny apartments, have roommates or live with your parents. Come out to the burbs and buy yourselves a 5/4 with a pool you don’t have to share…and yes, with a two-car garage.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Then they can have all the joy of sitting in their cars waiting for traffic lights to change colors.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I wouldn’t live in Kendall if that 5/4 with a pool was gifted to me. Gross.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You are so full of crap.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I don’t put down Kendall because I can’t afford it. I don’t really put down Kendall at all, I hear that they have lots of great big box stores and strip malls.
With a house in Kendall, I can’t walk to a Heat game, or the Performing Arts Center, or walk with my wife and kids to the Frost Museum, or walk around Brickell Key, etc.
If you were to see the talent that I have to “share” my pools with, you might understand that it is not a burden, but rather it is a gift.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Best comment ever on TNM.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I go to heat games, seen many performances at the Arsht Center, enjoyed both the Frost and the PAAM. I DRIVE my car to all those places. It is comfortable, roomy, great wi-fi sound, and best of all, PRIVATE. I’m happy that you enjoy all those things as well. You walk, I drive. We do what we do because we chose to. I don’t put you down because you walk, you shouldn’t care that I chose to drive. Lastly, even though I get that some people feel they are “somebody” because they sit a few tables across from some rapper or graffiti artist, or cleanse their sweat in the same pool, I’d rather enjoy MY pool, 24/7 without the extra talent. When someone here writes “you are either geriatric or live in Kendal”, it IS a put down. Putting other people’s ideas or comments down is very common on this site. It is immature and ignorant. Enjoy Brickell, or downtown, or Hialleah. Who cares. Don’t put others down because they have different points of view.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I love kendall and general west miami. There are so many strip malls to visit. So many things to do around. And sitting in car in commute hour is amazing.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Personally I would want neither a house in Kendall or a condo downtown. I’d rather live on the beach where I can fish and swim and kayak right in my own neighborhood. Museums…. I’m not a 12 year old school kid on a field trip. Kendall…. too many screaming kids and minivans. Give me a dive mask or a fishing pole. Good thing about Miami….lots of choices abound.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I live in downtown and take the mover to Brickell, and everywhere else. I don’t own a car. You’re just old and have no vision.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Maybe this tunnel could house a subway train system?

Anonymous
4 months ago

We need better public transportation but a tunnel through the Brickell bridge its needed and a tunnel for the freight train that passes right next to AAA is needed too

Anonymous
4 months ago

If a tunnel under the Brickell bridge is built. The next obvious thing is to make the Brickell Bridge bike and pedestrian only.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Here are your options:

Train, Bicycle, Scooter, or Walk.

Anonymous
4 months ago

or move out of there like i did

Anonymous
4 months ago

“We” do?
Some people need to use more imagination…I know of 100’s of “options to get out of my car”.
This should not be a government priority.
If someone can’t figure out how to get out of a car, it is unlikely that they are contributing much for others in society…I do not want my tax dollars subsidizing the whining, complaining, unimaginative, unappreciative people.
Of course, that’s just my opinion, man.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The politicians should be moved underground!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Along with all the mainstream media

Anonymous
4 months ago

Wait ’till the blasting starts!

Joanna H
4 months ago

I think he’s mad that Tesla is going bye bye. Ten million per mile is probably the actual cost to build. 10million divided by 5280ft (1 mile) comes out to $1800 per foot. That would sound about right for the cost to build with a tunnel boring machine in sand. This would be great for Miami because it could be used as drainage during hurricanes.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Tell him to build it first then pay him. He can afford to cover the costs.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I clicked the sun sentinel link regarding the fort lauderdale proposal. Which would have the bright line train go through a 3 mile tunnel underneath the New River. What would that mean for the new train station?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Forget it.. Some people in Fort Lauderdale shot down the street car idea.

Anonymous
4 months ago

People in this town are so gullible. Reminds me of when city slickers go to small towns to avoid the places where they’ve worn out their welcome and the small timers start kneeling down. Hahahah.

Anonymous
4 months ago

lol….

Anxious Bubblegum
4 months ago

Under Flagler Street from Downtown to FIU

Anonymous
4 months ago

Hmmm.. the 4,200-foot PortMiami tunnel cost $668.5 million. In today’s term, Elon Musk is saying he can bore it 50 to 100 times cheaper. Half of that or 50%, or 50 times that amount is $334.25 million. Now.. 100 times or 100 percent of anything is the entire amount!

If I’m wrong, can anyone steer me right?

Anonymous
4 months ago

No. You need to be doing division. So 668.5 / 50 = 13.37. So if it’s 50 times cheaper, then it would cost $13.37M. ($13.37M multiplied 50 times equals $668.5M).

Anonymous
4 months ago

did you need a calculator for that?

Anonymous
4 months ago

50 times cheaper is half of whatever the original amount is. Is that incorrect math?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Wow.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not only is your math faulty, but so is your common sense. You think a 4200 ft tunnel under the bay CAN really be done for 13 MILLION? Only way that happens is if Musk takes a big loss in his boring business like he does with his car sales

Anonymous
4 months ago

I see you haven’t been paying attention.

The Port of Miami tunnel cost $668.5 million to build. Elon Musk said he could build a tunnel 50 or 100 times cheaper. That means that right now, at just 50 times cheaper, he”s saying he can build the same Port of Miami tunnel for $334.25 million.

Um, anyone want to play the shell game with me?

Anonymous
4 months ago

He said…. And you believe that BS. One of you born every minute.