Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said this week he had accepted a proposal from Elon Musk’s tunneling company, the Boring Company, to build an underground transportation system in the city of Florida.
The aim of the tunnel, which will be called Las Olas, is to reduce traffic jams, according to Trantalis.
Other companies will have 45 days to submit competing proposals.
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Trantalis noted that the Boring Company successfully started in Las Vegas, where the excavation was completed in May 2020 under the Las Vegas Convention Center. A smooth opening took place in June of this year.
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As previously reported by FOX Business, the Boring Company is also in talks with Miami. Musk met Miami Mayor Francis Suarez in Vegas earlier this year and visited a facility as the couple discussed the possibility of building something similar in Miami.
Musk said earlier this year that he also spoke with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis about the tunnels. He noted that the benefits of the underground transit system are to reduce traffic and the gases emitted which could potentially help the environment.
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Florida local authorities are seeking solutions to traffic problems as the state has seen an influx of movers.
According to state data, more than 300,000 new residents moved to Florida between April 2020 and April 2021.