Elon Musk offers free rides through L.A. transit tunnel

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Elon Musk's Hyperloop ultra high-speed transport system will be unveiled in Los Angeles in early December with free test rides to the public, the entrepreneur announced. Musk, who made the promise on Twitter yesterday, said that the public will even get free rides on the roughly 3km test route the following day, Tuesday, December 11.

Videos released by the Boring Company shows the tunnel is now wide enough to fit a vehicle - tested using a Tesla Model S.

He added the shuttles themselves will have a top speed of 155 miles per hour inside the tunnel, surpassing the results of an earlier electric sled test which reached 125 miles per hour.

Musk has previously said that his tunnelling company "started out as a joke" and admitted that the project might fail. One of the proposed routes would take passengers from the District to NY in under 30 minutes.

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The Boring Company has been hard at work beneath the streets of Los Angeles, digging out a rapid transit tunnel that will help people avoid the city's notorious traffic problems.

Officially called The Loop (not to be confused with the still-imaginary Hyperloop), Musk received approval to construct the 3km route in the city of Hawthorne, California along 120th Street.

While Musk is known for his towering ambition and zealous breakthroughs, the tech billionaire also has a reputation for over promising on meeting benchmarks.

In a follow-up tweet, a fan asked whether the December 10 opening was "in real time or Elon time?" and Musk replied "I think real".

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