The Boring Company, business magnate Elon Musk’s tunnel construction and infrastructure firm, has announced in cooperation with the city of Los Angeles that it will build a privately-funded tunnel from a subway station in East Hollywood to Dodger Stadium, home of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) LA Dodgers.
The company, which is the only investor in the project, claims that the 3.6-mile ‘Dugout Loop’ will reduce time in traffic from more than an hour in the car to fewer than four minutes in an electric vehicle.
It is being projected that 1,500 fans per game will be able to take the firm’s underground high-speed vehicles through the tunnel, with that number set to rise to 2,800, which represents 5 per cent of Dodger Stadium’s capacity. Riders will be able to reserve tickets by phone, in person or on the company’s mobile app.
"The Dugout Loop will be good for fans and neighbours, providing another fast and affordable way for people to get to home games, while helping to reduce traffic in the neighbourhoods surrounding Dodger stadium," said Tucker Kain, the LA Dodgers' chief financial officer.
The move would go some way towards reducing traffic in LA ahead of the city hosting the Olympic Games in 2028. The 56,000-seater Dodger Stadium is down to stage baseball and softball during the multi-sport event, but is renowned for late-arriving crowds because of traffic jams during rush hour.
LA mayor Eric Garcetti welcomed a privately-funded project to a city that has already spent US$120 billion worth of work on 28 projects in the build up to 2028.
"This not only will solve traffic issues to and from the stadium, but it will give an economic boost to places around Dodger Stadium," said Garcetti, speaking to ESPN. "People are now going to be in restaurants and bars, because they have more time, instead of just sitting in their cars."