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Asked publicly about earthquakes, Musk tweeted, "Earthquakes tend to have the biggest effect on the surface, like waves on water. That's why LA can have a (lame, but getting better) subway." For their part, the LA Metro wryly tweeted, "We have a slightly used tunnel boring machine we could sell you in a couple of months. Works like a charm. Hit us up."
Reactions to the tunneling tweets were mixed. Amid all the "boring" puns, some cheered the idea. However, Wired transportation editor Alex Davies called it "misguided nonsense" and a "harebrained scheme." A few Twitter users noted that Musk was tweeting about the tunnel at the same time as Trump was calling for a wall.
Musk's ideas tend to be big. Despite persistent questions about feasibility, he's pushing his Hyperloop transportation concept along. Over the weekend, student teams from around the world gathered at SpaceX in California for the Hyperloop Pod Competition.
"We started digging a hole," Musk told them. "On Crenshaw, in front of SpaceX headquarters, there's a giant hole."
Musk said that will be the start for a boring machine in an effort to improve tunneling speed. He added that he thinks it's possible to improve tunneling speed between 500 and 1,000 percent. But how they'll achieve that is up in the air.
"We're just sort of muddling along. We have no idea what we're doing, let's be clear about that," he said with a small laugh.
For this year's competition, only three Hyperloop teams had pod prototypes strong enough to try out on the track, Business Insider reported. The Delft University of Technology team placed first with a lightweight carbon fiber pod prototype that the team thinks could be scaled up easily. Building Hyperloop tunnels could require creating deep tunnels insanely fast.
The next phase of the Hyperloop competition is planned for this summer. Wonder what Musk's tunnel will be like by then, and who he'll let in.