The city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has accepted Telsa CEO Elon Musk’s proposal to create a Telsa-exclusive tunnel system under the city.
The Las Olas Loop, the name given to the underground tunnels, would stretch from downtown to the beach. Details of the loop plan will only be released after competitors have had the opportunity to make similar offers, in accordance with Florida State law.
Mayor Dean Trantalis heard Musk’s proposal on June 30. The Boring Co., Musk’s infrastructure company, offered an “innovative and unprecedented approach to solving traffic congestion and transit needs,” according to Trantalis.
The proposal was put to a vote by the city commission on Tuesday.
Trantalis announced the acceptance of the proposal on Twitter. He said the city would accept competing bids for the next 45 days.
“This could be a really innovative way to reduce traffic jams,” Trantalis tweeted.
The mayor was not available to speak with Newsweekbut City Manager Chris Lagerbloom said the project “will officially go public next week and the 45-day period will start from that day. At this point, nothing happens until that period elapses. has elapsed”.
The loop would act as a subway system, shuttling people between the beach and downtown. City officials previously said a ride in one of the Teslas would cost $5 to $8.
“An underground transit line could divert both tourists and bathers from the western suburbs away from street-level traffic,” Trantalis said on Facebook. “This would provide faster and more efficient access between the city center and the beach for everyone.”
“Fort Lauderdale would be the first city on the East Coast – and only the second city in the world – to benefit from The Boring Co.’s technology,” reads a July 1 press release.
The Boring Co. recently opened the nation’s first Telsa loop system in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Convention Center Loop (LVCC) was built in a year and includes 2.7 km of tunnels under the convention center. The LVCC loop cuts the 45-minute walk through central campus to just two minutes, according to The Boring Co’s website.
The LVCC loop is currently being extended into a larger system called the “Las Vegas loop”. The expansion will bring the shuttle system to the Strip, Allegiant Stadium, McCarran International Airport and downtown Las Vegas, with plans to connect to Los Angeles later.
The LVCC loop was originally envisioned as self-driving by Musk, meaning the driver would get into the driverless Tesla and the car would drive itself to the next stop in the loop. The LVCC currently uses pilots to operate, but it is unclear whether the Las Olas Loop will be self-contained or not.
Newsweek contacted Tesla and The Boring Co. but did not hear back at press time.