The result? A transportation system that could take you practically anywhere in the world in roughly an hour. He added he has every intent of submitting to a full environmental study for the tunnel network as a whole when the time comes.
Elon Musk and project leader Steve Davis alluded that the team at The Boring Company is challenged to match the digging space of a snail (0.03 MPH) and get up to 1/10 of the average human walking speed of about 0.03 miles per hour, compared to the current pace of around 0.0003 miles per hour.
The lawsuit from the Brentwood Residents Association and the Sunset Coalition alleges city officials violated the California Environmental Quality Act, which "can't be evaded by chopping large projects into smaller pieces that taken individually appear to have no significant environmental impacts".
Known for aggressively taking on large-scale technical challenges with which he has had little previous experience, Musk ended his pitch on a humble note, telling the audience that realising his vision "could only happen with public support".
After TED Talks tweeted a quote from Shotwell's conversation, Musk replied with his own bit of news: The Boring Company's underground hyperloop would play a role in quickly getting people to the BFR launch ports.
The Boring Company's tunneling could create the infrastructure needed for new forms of transit, like Hyperloop. Musk commented, "we're not suggesting this to the exclusion of other approaches". "For tunnels you can have hundreds of lanes, there's no real limit", he said. At the beginning of the event, the billionaire entrepreneur, who also helms Tesla and SpaceX, lamented how congested road traffic is in LA, specifically on Interstate 405, one of the most highly trafficked freeways in the US. The site of that test tunnel is ensconced in a largely affluent part of the city, where locals are typically averse to projects that might disrupt daily life.
"They won't even know we're there", Brett Horton, senior director of facilities and construction at SpaceX assured members of the council at the time permission was granted.
"We are going to do everything right".
Ms Shotwell says the price-point will be made possible by the rapid trips the rocket will take.