The Boring Company

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The Boring Company
Industry Geotechnical engineering
Founded 17 December 2016; 9 months ago (2016-12-17)[1]
Founder Elon Musk
Headquarters Hawthorne, California, United States
Key people
Steve Davis (Project Leader)
Products Infrastructure

The Boring Company (TBC;[2] also To Be Continued, Tunnels R Us, and American Tubes and Tunnels)[3] is an infrastructure and tunneling company founded by Elon Musk in late 2016 after he mentioned the idea of making tunnels on his Twitter account.[4] Musk cited difficulty with Los Angeles traffic and limitations with the current 2-D transportation network as inspiration for the tunneling project.[3][5]


As of February 2017, the company has begun digging a 30-foot-wide (9 m), 50-foot-long (15 m), and 15-foot-deep (4.6 m) testing trench on the premises of SpaceX's offices in Hawthorne, CA, since construction on its site requires no permits.[3][6] According to Musk, the company's goal is to enhance tunneling speed enough such that establishing an underground tunnel network is financially feasible.[7][6]

"If you think of tunnels going 10, 20, 30 layers deep (or more), it is obvious that going 3D down will encompass the needs of any city’s transport of arbitrary size."

— Elon Musk[8]

In an interview during a TED conference, Musk ventured that this company's project has taken 2% of his time, making this project a personal hobby.

In March 2017, Musk announced that sometime in April the company will start using a tunnel boring machine (TBM) to begin digging a usable tunnel at SpaceX,[9] at the end of April 2017, a TBM was seen at SpaceX with the company's name on the side.[10] The TBM was revealed to be named "Godot" in May 2017, after the Beckett play Waiting for Godot. Future TBMs will be named after poems, plays, poets, and playwrights.[11]

In May 2017, Musk says the first route created will run from LAX to Culver City, then to Santa Monica, and end in Westwood. Musk claims the tunnel trip will take five minutes, compared to normal driving that can take up to 45 minutes in normal traffic to go from LAX to Westwood,[12] these trips will be implemented by placing a car on an electric sled and traveling at 125 miles per hour (201 km/h) through tunnels.

In July 2017, Musk claimed that The Boring Company had received verbal government approval to build an underground Hyperloop connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.[13] The New York to Washington, D.C. Hyperloop, which Musk claims will take 29 minutes to travel from city center to city center, will be built in parallel with the Los Angeles tunnel system announced in May. Other projects include a San Francisco to Los Angeles Hyperloop and a Texas Hyperloop, which are planned for a later stage.[14]

In July, Musk also uploaded a video depicting a successful test of The Boring Company's car elevator.[15]

Future boring operations will implement a contemporaneous operation of boring and tunnel reinforcement to reduce the cost of the tunnelling operations, in addition to the reduction of tunnel size, re-using soil materials for tunnel construction, and further technological improvements.[16]


Musk also hinted at the possibility that the underground infrastructure technology might be used for his project of creating a self-sustaining human colony on Mars: "I do think getting good at digging tunnels could be really helpful for Mars, for sure there's going to be a lot of icing mining on Mars, and mining in general to get raw materials. You can build a tremendous amount underground with the right boring technology on Mars. So I do think there is some overlap in that technology development arena."[17] "And then, along the way, building underground habitats where you could get radiation shielding… you could build an entire city underground if you wanted to".[18][19][20]

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  1. ^ "The Boring Company - Crunchbase". Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  2. ^ Division of Corporations (11 January 2017), "TBC - THE BORING COMPANY", Department of State, State of Delaware, 6279803 
  3. ^ a b c Chafkin, Max (16 February 2017). "Elon Musk Is Really Boring". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ Gajanan, Mahita (18 December 2016). "Elon Musk’s Next Venture to Tackle Traffic Is Totally ‘Boring’". Fortune. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Peyser, Eve (30 January 2017). "Elon Musk on Digging Big-Ass Tunnel: 'We Have No Idea What We’re Doing'". Gizmodo. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Heathman, Amelia. "Elon Musk's boring machine has already built a 'test trench' in Hawthorne, CA". WIRED UK. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  7. ^ Thompson, Avery (February 16, 2017). "Elon Musk Is Really Making a Boring Company". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Elon Musk's Tunnel Under LA Is Already in Progress". Wired magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Galeon, Dom (2017-03-24). "Elon Musk: We Start Digging the Tunnel Under L.A. Next Month". Futurism. 
  10. ^ "We just got our first glimpse of Elon Musk's new tunnel company". Business Insider. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Denisse Moreno (11 May 2017). "SpaceX, Tesla CEO Elon Musk Reveals Name Of His Tunnel Boring Machine: Godot". International Business Times. 
  12. ^ Hawkins, Andrew J. (2017-05-12). "Elon Musk’s new video of his underground tunnel project will make you nauseous". The Verge. 
  13. ^ Musk, Elon [@elonmusk] (2017-07-20). "Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins." (Tweet). Retrieved 2017-07-21 – via Twitter. 
  14. ^ Musk, Elon [@elonmusk] (2017-07-20). "For sure. First set of tunnels are to alleviate greater LA urban congestion. Will start NY-DC in parallel. Then prob LA-SF and a TX loop." (Tweet). Retrieved 2017-07-21 – via Twitter. 
  15. ^ "Elon Musk reveals Boring car elevator". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  16. ^ "The Boring Company FAQ". The Boring Company. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  17. ^ "Elon Musk wants moonbase to be built to 'fire up' interest in space". Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "Elon Musk’s L.A. Tunnel Boring Project is Just Practice for Mars". Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  19. ^ "Public Access - Why Elon Musk's LA Tunnel Is Really About Colonizing Mars". Engadget. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
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