Elon Musk's Tunnel Isn't Under the 405 — and It Doesn't Have State Approval
The tech media world has pretty much bought billionaire Elon Musk's story that he's digging a tunnel from his home to his office at rocket maker SpaceX in Hawthorne to circumvent his plebeian daily commute on the 405.Previously:
After tweeting in January that he was going to "build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging," Musk followed up a few weeks later by stating there was "exciting progress on the tunnel front" and that there was a "plan to start digging in a month or so.'' Since then Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek and the U.K.'s Daily Mail have captured photos of apparent tunneling on the grounds of SpaceX. The Verge ran a photo of a boring machine tweeted by Musk, reporting that the device would help create a "test tunnel."
The publications appear to have taken the imagery to mean that Musk is following through with his promise to eventually build a private commuter tunnel to his Bel-Air home. "It’s time to take Elon Musk seriously and literally," Wired stated.
But according to documents L.A. Weekly obtained through a California Public Records Act request, SpaceX has been planning since at least summer to build not a commuter tunnel to Bel-Air but a pedestrian tunnel from its One Rocket Road office to its employee parking garage across the street. The 50-foot-long tunnel would span busy Crenshaw Boulevard, according to the documents.
And even that relatively short tunnel is proving to be a headache....MORE
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