In a filing dug up by The Mercury News and spotted by Ars Technica, The Boring Company received permission to dig a vertical shaft connecting a residential garage directly to one of its underground test tunnels. Along with the 2-mile-long test tunnel outside Musk's SpaceX headquarters, The Boring Company is looking to build one that connects Dodger Stadium with western Los Angeles and another that runs from Chicago's O'Hare airport to downtown. The startup is not allowed to bring vehicles in from the street to use the tunnel, and the tunnel is still not allowed to be open to the public.
From documents submitted to council members and from a presentation at the meeting we can get a sense of what Musk is envisioning: cars descend 45 feet down via an electric elevator, which then hooks up with Loop, the name for the TBC's transit system.
The idea would be that you'd not even need to drive to the end of your driveway to begin your commute: Your auto could be automatically dropped down and then carried along on an emissions-free, electric carrier to a bigger Boring Company tunnel.
At the meeting, the Boring Company explained it had acquired a Hawthorne home to test the elevator system.
The Loop is being developed to use high speed sleds to carry various vehicles at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.