The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s new tunnel digging endeavor is going to add a second tunneling machine to its fleet. Musk revealed on his Twitter late Wednesday that his firstborn “Godot” will be getting a sibling in the new “Line-storm.”
“Second boring machine almost ready. Will be called Line-Storm, after the poem by Frost. "And be my love in the rain.” Musk tweeted. The hint could point to this boring machine being designed for an all-weather operation, who knows.
Second boring machine almost ready. "And be my love in the rain." pic.twitter.com/xlWPYdPu3P— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 19, 2017
There are yet to be any specifics regarding this new addition, but it will most likely be up and running sooner than later. Much like its predecessor Line-storm is named after a play or poem, namely Robert Frost’s early 20th-century ditty, “A Line-Storm Song.” Elon Musk posted the entire poem along with his tweet announcement. The man is multi-faceted, what can we say?
Recently, the Boring Company obtained approval from Hawthorne City Council to dig a 2-mile test tunnel beneath SpaceX and Tesla’s Design Center. Musk plans on funding the venture by selling The Boring Company hats. “Gonna build that tunnel one hat at a time,” he said jokingly in a tweet. So far they have sold 5,000 hats, he just might be able to fund this thing with accessories, there really isn’t much Musk can’t do.
The world's most boring hat https://t.co/rnHPgyhx4Z— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 18, 2017
Line-storm might just be heading to Baltimore after a new digging site was spotted in Maryland. This could mean that the promised hyperloop between Baltimore and Washington is underway.
In fact, the Governor of the State of Maryland, Larry Hogan confirmed that they are working with the Boring Company for “rapid electric transportation” system between Baltimore and Washington DC.
“Our administration is proud to support The Boring Company to bring rapid electric transportation to MD,” Hogan wrote in a tweet on October 19th, 2017.
This could be the first step towards Musk’s planned hyperloop between Washington and New York. The system would be fast enough to travel “city center to city center” between New York City and Washington DC in just 29 minutes, according to Musk.
The Boring Company has already broken ground in Los Angeles, this past summer Godot, completed the first segment of the tunnel in the Californian hub, this tunnel is slated to go from Los Angeles International Airport to Culver City, with eventual tunnels going from LAX to other major cities. Chicago is also considering a Boring collaboration; Mayor Steve Koch even met with Musk to discuss the plans this year. Though not everyone is on board.
“Last month Chicago deputy mayor Steve Koch traveled to Los Angeles to discuss the O'Hare tunnel idea with Musk, and it sounds like the administration is taking this laughable idea seriously. Moreover, it's a potentially wasteful distraction from real solutions to our city's transportation challenges—namely better el and bus service,” writes the Chicago Reader in a seething Op-ed.
Upon completion of his first tunnel, Musk and co plan to use “electric sled” propulsion technology to move vehicles through it, going up to speeds of around 125 mph.
Does he even sleep?