On the question of risks to utility lines, Musk said The Boring Company's machines are digging below them.
The odd little presentation held at an LA synagogue started about 25 minutes behind schedule after a late arrival from Elon Musk who ironically said he got stuck in traffic.
Musk, however, did not provide a timeline for his project that could get people from downtown to Los Angeles International Airport in eight minutes in a vacuum tube.
After TED Talks tweeted a quote from Shotwell's conversation, Musk replied with his own bit of news: The Boring Company's underground hyperloop would play a role in quickly getting people to the BFR launch ports.
Whether staunch critics were swayed remained to be seen.
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The Los Angeles City Council's public works committee last month approved Boring's request to exempt the tunnel from a lengthy environmental impact review that would otherwise be required under state law. The Boring Company has already built a shorter tunnel in nearby Hawthorne, where SpaceX's headquarters is located.
Musk plans to build a test tunnel that will run parallel to one of Los Angele's busiest freeways, the 405.
Alongside the execs onstage was Boring Company "mascot" Gary the snail. He added he has every intent of submitting to a full environmental study for the tunnel network as a whole when the time comes. He noted that they would but given the length of the process would do so once moving towards a larger-scale project rather than on one of the test tunnels.
"You won't hear us, you won't feel us, you won't even know we exist", Davis said. "If you build a tunnel in LA, you can build one anywhere", Musk said, referring to the various challenges the test tunnel would need to overcome in the city, including seismic conditions, methane gas, oil fields, and regulations.
On that note, Musk talked about one transit concept, called Loop, a zero-emissions high-speed transit system that could travel up to 150 miles per hour, and carry passengers from downtown LA to the Los Angeles International Airport in eight minutes.
Musk, the Silicon Valley high-tech tycoon best known for his Tesla Inc electric auto manufacturer, planned to make a rare personal appearance at a public event in Los Angeles on Thursday night to answer questions from residents about his tunneling plans.