Elon Musk told Miami’s mayor Friday that The Boring Company could dig a two-mile tunnel under the city for as little as $30 million and asked them to complete the work within six months, which is originally done in four-years.
In a video posted on Twitter, Mayor Francis Suarez shared this information about his “wonderful call” with Musk. “He is focused on trying to deliver a project that, for the least amount of money, will have the maximum utility for our residents,” Suarez said. “The order of magnitude is substantial in terms of savings.”
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— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) February 5, 2021
Musk first tweeted about wanting to tunnel under Miami on January 18th.
Battery cell production is the fundamental rate-limiter slowing down a sustainable energy future. Very important problem. https://t.co/MYOUSAC2AK
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 18, 2021
“Cars & trucks stuck in traffic generate megatons of toxic gases & particulate, but @boringcompany road tunnels under Miami would solve traffic & be an example to the world,” he wrote.
The billionaire also informed via Twitter that he had already spoken to Ron DeSantis – Florida Governor – about the idea. “If Governor & Mayor want this done, we will do it.”
“I think we have a unique opportunity to create a signature project not just for Miami, but for the world,” Suarez said Friday that he will speak to the Miami Authorities.
Since the city is constructed on limestone, tunneling under Miami will be difficult. For the sky-high price tag quoted in 2018 that hurdle is one reason.
The price of a tunnel under the Port of Miami, which was less than a mile but still cost about $700 million, also helped to rise.
On Friday The Miami Herald informed that the limestone bedrock and the consequence of rising sea levels were among the key points for the call.
Formerly, Musk has been talking about digging tunnels as deep underground as skyscrapers are tall.
Musk commenced The Boring Company in 2016 with a small group of people, and completed projects around the country since then.
Although the goal and scope of the tunnels have been shifted to some extent over time now the company’s aim is to make a transportation service that uses Teslas traveling through the tunnels.