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Musk’s Boring Co offers to dig tunnel for resident transportation during launch closures

Capitalism in space: Elon Musk’s Boring Company has proposed digging a tunnel so that people can still access Boca Chica’s beaches even during periods when SpaceX is doing launch operations and needs to close the surface roads.

The Boring Company (TBC) met with Cameron County officials to discuss the possibility of a tunnel project running from South Padre Island (SPI) to Boca Chica Beach.

The Boring Company pitched the idea of an SPI-Boca Chica tunnel to Cameron County administrator Pete Sepulveda Jr. and county engineer Benjamin Worsham early this summer. Cameron County officials have been thinking of giving people access to part of Boca Chica Beach even during closures.

The county has said it likely cannot afford to pay for such a thing, but Musk’s company is still proposing to do an in-depth study to find out what will be necessary to make it happen.

It could very well be that Musk might find some cash to help pay for this himself. The public relations would be excellent, and it would I think be the right thing to do. It is also possible that the local communities will have more cash themselves because of the booming economy SpaceX is bringing them.

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  • David Eastman

    Not mentioned in that tiny little blurb at Teslarati is the fact that it would be of huge benefit to SpaceX employees. A tunnel from South Padre island would not only be another route into the area that doesn’t close, but would also shave a ton of commute dikstance and time for employees that want to live closer to Brownsville, South Padre Island, etc. That’s a potentially a big weight on the scale of “SpaceX will pay for this if we get approval to do it.”

  • Kyle

    I forgot the Boring Company was a thing and miss read the headline as Boeing Co.

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