Fort Lauderdale Accepts Proposal From Elon Musk’s Boring Company To Build Underground Transportation System

Fort Lauderdale commissioners voted yesterday to accept a proposal from Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build an underground transportation system in the city.

The unsolicited proposal was submitted June 21, and The Boring Company paid a $25,000 fee to the city.

Full details of the proposal are being kept confidential in line with state law.

The underground transportation system will be known as the The Las Olas Loop.

According to the city, the system will run in a loop from downtown Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale beach, providing a quicker trip and alleviating street-level traffic.

Fort Lauderdale says it would become the second city in the world after Las Vegas to benefit from The Boring Company’s technology.

In Las Vegas, The Boring Company built two tunnels in just a year, with passengers driven in Teslas between three station.

The Boring Company has also expressed interest in building an underground system in Miami.

Competing firms now have 45 days to submit alternative proposals to Fort Lauderdale following yesterday’s vote.

 

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Anonymous
4 months ago

I don’t see this as a real solution to transportation problems..

Anonymous
4 months ago

…. right, can you only use the tunnels if you have a Tesla?

Anonymous
4 months ago

You don’t own the teslas, they are already there to be used as transportation instead of say a train, they run every few minutes.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not Tesla, but electric only – they keep cost down because there is no need for venting ICE fumes

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes small tunnels and no venting, so low speeds and nothing to safe you from the smoke of a burning Tesla. Just like the LV Loop, slow, unsafe, rubbish.

Anonymous
4 months ago

They prove the Teslas. They are driverless and come every few minutes.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The fact this is the same city that rejected the Wave streetcar makes it a bigger slap on the face.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is the stupidest thing in the world. These tunnels will have a fraction of the necessary output when compared to actual transit.

Anybody that works in this field knows this is massive smoke and mirror operation by Elon. Of course this ‘catches on’ in Florida.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“Anybody that works in this field knows”
Many people who work in this field have been stuck with the status quo for decades. Taking politicians out for steak dinners, wine, and Hamilton tickets, then “winning” billion dollar contracts loaded with change orders.

Anybody who works in this field should know that they are free to submit their proposals.

There are new sheriffs in town…compete in the Free Market or good riddance.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This literally has nothing to do with the free market lmao. Who writes this nonsense?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Who cares. Miami is already getting a subway system to connect the whole city and the beach… oh wait🙄

Anonymous
4 months ago

😂

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami needs this for the freight train part that crosses over biscayne blvd in downtown.

Anonymous
4 months ago

100%!! Especially now that in the near future that area will be flooded with people as soon as Miami Worldcenter is completed and the whole downtown comes to life.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The tunnels aren’t big enough for freight trains. To build them that size the price rises and the Boring Comp becomes irrelevant.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Then they should elevate them ona bridge

Anonymous
4 months ago

A *signature* bridge

Anonymous
4 months ago

As long as it is iconic!

Anonymous
4 months ago

What happened to this idea in Miami? Why can’t we have an underground transportation system?!?

Anonymous
4 months ago

And we can’t even extend the Metrorail to Wynwood or the beach. What a joke.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Read up. Brightline is building more stations(Aventura & Boca now). Wynwood/Midtown area station is ion future plans,

Anonymous
4 months ago

lol *future plans

Anonymous
4 months ago

Fort Lauderdale should be focused on the train tunnel before this project – that has real economic impact.

Anonymous
4 months ago

As an FTL resident, I really don’t see the point of this project. There are FAR worse traffic areas than Las Olas – such as Sunrise Blvd where it merges with Federal Hwy – and this won’t do much to alleviate traffic anyway – seems like something tourists staying in downtown hotels/airbnbs would use not something that actual residents would use with a route from the Brightline station to the beach? Seems useless.

Anonymous
4 months ago

100% agree. In fact, this idea is so ridiculous that it makes me realize what a disaster Trantalis is turning out to be. Ironically, at the same time that Miami Beach is trying to figure out how to limit the Unruly Masses, Lauderdale wants to give them $7,000,000,000 rides in underground Teslas.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Now if the city could stop the water/sewer pipes from breaking. Maybe Musk can do that too?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Lipstick on a pig

Anonymous
4 months ago

Luxury ride to the beach and then what….. Walk, hire an Uber, tie your bike on the Tesla?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Flying cars

Anonymous
4 months ago

South Florida drivers can’t handle 2 dimensional driving and you want to go to three dimensions?

Anonymous
4 months ago

After doing some more research this is essentially a subway system but instead of train cars, there’s individual Tesla’s, you yourself won’t be able to drive your car into the system….this is possibly the least efficient way to transport people possible, you’re building a private access tunnel where nobody else can enter, and then instead of transporting people in masse you have individual cars that seat max 6 people. This is essentially a roller coaster masquerading as transit. Why doesn’t Tesla just build an electric bus, that would actually be useful in this case.

Anonymous
4 months ago

South Florida planners: hmm roller coasters…

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is a not a true tunnel. It’ll only be for Tesla’s. I don’t care what fort Lauderdale does. I hope Miami doesn’t fall for this for Brickell avenue. We need a true tunnel.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes we do…for a subway system!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Believe it when i see it.
We are still waiting to connect the beach to the mainland.
Hopefully by next century

Anonymous
4 months ago

Voters approved Wave and it never went anywhere.

POLO
4 months ago

What are you waiting for Miami?!

Anonymous
4 months ago

😔

Anonymous
4 months ago

Look POLO, we’re more concerned about protecting chickens and roosters right now.

– The City of Miami Commission

Anonymous
4 months ago

the fact that this an underground transportation system, does not mean, I repeat does not mean it is a solution for miami, we don’t need this crap

Anonymous
4 months ago

Wouldn’t you need submarines not cars

Anonymous
4 months ago

The status quo that this is replacing is a golf cart shuttle service which is free (tips suggested). I can’t imagine a business case that makes this investment viable. It’s only a 10 minute golf cart ride and you don’t have to go underground and lose the view

Anonymous
4 months ago

LOL what an absolute waste of tax payers money. This will DO NOTHING to alleviate traffic in that area. Musk is a con artist

Anonymous
4 months ago

Elon must be smoking a lot of grass again to think that tunneling down there is even remotely viable but nah, he’s just smart capitalist taking advantage of not so smart local government officials

Anonymous
4 months ago

If Fort Lauderdale wants to undertake some underground infrastructure projects, they should upgrade their sewer system. There have been several major breaks in the past couple of years so that would be money better spent. Like Elon’s tunnel, they would be working on a project that is complete sh^t.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Florida Department of Motor Vehicles registration data for year-end 2018 shows that there were 37,776 plug in electric vehicles registered in the state. This total includes both fully battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electrics. Of that total, 20,246, or 54% were Teslas.Apr 11, 2019

So there are more now but……That’s in the whole state!!!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Here are my comments about Elon Musk from previous TNM articles and they’re still accurate:

“Elon Musk is a huckster. Search YouTube for “DEBUNKING ELON MUSK Pt1” and “DEBUNKING ELON MUSK Pt2” if you don’t mind having your bubble popped.”

“Elon Musk is a grifter and this tunnel is probably his next grift. Either Miami’s leadership is too stupid to realize this, or they are in on the con themselves. Either way, we don’t need Elon’s space tunnel for Teslas. Go to Las Vegas in 2 years and see if their “Loop” is being used for anything more than a pedestrian walkway or a utility corridor. The man is a turd but people keep lining up to give him their/our money and heap praise upon him.”

Anonymous
4 months ago

what’s the capacity?

Anonymous
4 months ago

They’ll build these not really knowing what they’re doing and it’ll create sinkholes that collapse whatever is above

Azarius
4 months ago

Big Win for FT Lauderdale!! Miami has too many hoops and ppl to pay off to get anything remotely progressive done in the city. Guess we have to wait on the study to start and finish 6 years later.

Anonymous
4 months ago

this is a relatively small project as far as its reach and potential demand. Will make little difference to traffic in area. FTL beach residents will hate it. Still have traffic issues(local south Florida residents are not going to park and then take this thing to get to beach), but will get more tourist rif-raf; who stay at cheaper mainland hotels

Anonymous
4 months ago

Who cares about Fort Lauderdale! This is the Next MIAMI

Anonymous
4 months ago

No news about Miami. Everything is being cancelled lately.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Okan tower gone! SkyRise gone! Marriot convention center gone! What a joke!

Anonymous
4 months ago

How can those proposed projects be gone when they were never built?

Q Anonymous
4 months ago

a tunnel that only works for drivers of x brand does not solve anything.also, no one in miami cares about fort lauderdale.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Pretend Metromover cars were Teslas. That’s what this is minus the stops. You aren’t driving anything. Musk is using Teslas because they are electric (no emissions in tunnel) and he because happens to own the company. Totally agree with your second point though. 🙂

Anonymous
4 months ago

Except a Metromover car fits 35 people and a Telsa fits 4 – but really it’s more like 3 since they’re being driven manually. If the argument is that the Tesla is more frequent, it’s still a bad argument because so could the real transit alternative.

The grift is real, I just wish I’d had the idea first. What a great way to siphon taxpayer dollars from morons with no connection to reality.