Boring Company in Talks with Miami for $30 Million Underground Tunnel

The tunnel that would normally cost nearly $1 billion and take four years to complete could be up and running in six months.
Fabienne Lang
Tesla going through a Boring Company tunnelBoring Company

Miami took third place as one of the U.S.' most congested cities in 2020, as was pointed out by location specialist TomTom in its 2020 Traffic Index Report

So it came as little surprise when the city's mayor, Francis Suarez, posted the details of a phone conversation he had with Elon Musk on Friday about digging a two-mile-long tunnel beneath the city on Twitter. The plan is to ease traffic.

Not only would the project minimize traffic above ground, but it would also save the city a heap of money. Mayor Suarez explained in his Twitter video post that The Boring Company's project would cost only $30 million — down from a nearly $1 billion price tag that transit officials quoted in 2018.

On top of all that, the tunnel would be completed in six months – down from the four-year estimate the previous project quoted. 

Musk, the founder of The Boring Company, didn't hide his interest in Miami as a prime tunnel-constructing ground as he wrote on Twitter in January that "@boringcompany tunnels under Miami would solve traffic & be an example to the world."

Local newspaper, the Miami Herald pointed out, however, that Miami may be a tricky spot for boring tunnels — a topic of conversation during Musk and Suarez's phonecall. South Florida's porous and spongey limestone bedrock may place the integrity of the region's structural impact under strain, and rising sea levels could also affect the project.

It sounds like many more details still need to be hashed out before the project gets the green light, but it's still exciting to hear about such projects. 

The Boring Company has been in action under Musk since 2016 and has predominantly gathered attention thanks to its projects in Las Vegas. Its main objective is to use Teslas speeding underground through its tunnels, so as to alleviate congestion and pollution above ground, as well as minimizing travel times between locations. 

In Vegas, for instance, the company's tunnels would link the city's Convention Center to some of its most prominent hotels and casinos, and even the international airport.

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