The drilling company may already be building transport tunnels underground, but there must be a way to bring vehicles to the tunnel and to drive above ground again. That is where this prototype garage comes in, which just received the approval for the construction at SpaceX HQ.
Earlier this week, managing the boring machines used to build The Boring Company tunnels became much easier thanks to the addition of support for the Xbox controller. Now Elon Musk is focusing his attention on another important area to make these tunnels useful: how to transport vehicles to them.
In the concept videos that The Boring Company has released so far, we see cars on a path and then disappear into the ground with the path as a lift. Like the Mercury News reports, the Musk tunneling company was given permission to build a prototype garage on a plot of land near the SpaceX headquarters where one of these elevators will be accommodated.
There is already a drill tunnel under 120th Street that runs a mile between Hawthorne Boulevard and Prairie Avenue (the SpaceX end). The land is at the end of the tunnel in Hawthorne Boulevard and a garage will be built with a shaft down to the tunnel. It is clear that this garage accommodates the prototype lift of the vehicle to help resolve the kinks. However, according to a tweet by Musk, he imagines that house garages are ultimately directly connected to these tunnels.
As part of the garage approval process, The Boring Company agreed not to create additional traffic on the street next to the property. To meet this requirement, vehicles are never to enter the garage, but instead enter the tunnel from the end of Prairie Avenue and then use the shaft to go up in the garage. If the vehicle wants to leave the garage, it has to go back through the shaft, drive through the tunnel and the other end out.
Another piece of land has recently been purchased that is connected to the tunnel to remove the head from the boring machine cutter. Originally, the tunnel had to extend for a length of two miles, but the ability to easily remove the cutter from this new location means that it will now remain about one and a half kilometers long.
The Boring Company has guaranteed that there will be a minimum noise load for about 100 local residents. Extensive security measures will be taken around the two above-ground locations, and with no cars coming out of that end of the tunnel, it should ultimately look like a well-protected, silent garage.