Trantalis said he, along with Vice Mayor Michael Udine and other officials, plan to visit the Boring Company’s Las Vegas people-mover to learn more about the tunneling company’s work.
“I had another productive conversation with @elonmusk’s @boringcompany today about building a train tunnel through downtown #FortLauderdale,” wrote Trantalis in a tweet.
He explained a Boring Company tunnel was a “critical component” to reducing traffic in downtown Fort Lauderdale. However, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) doesn’t seem to feel the same way about working with TBC on a tunneling project.
According to Trantalis, the FDOT believes a Boring Company tunnel would cost $3 billion, and would prefer to build a high-rise train trestle. The 55-foot high-bridge FDOT proposed would cost an estimated $445 million, as per the Sun Sentinel.
However, TBC refuted FDOT’s $3 billion price. The Boring Company estimated a tunneling project in downtown Fort Lauderdale would cost between $30 million to $60 million, significantly less than the high-bridge FDOT proposed.
“That’s why @boringcompany is so exciting. They are very interested in South Florida and say they can build a tunnel quickly and at an extremely reduced price---even cheaper than FDOT’s bridge,” said Trantalis. “They have already proven that with the system they built in Las Vegas.”
Earlier in January, Elon Musk revealed he talked with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis about tunnels in a reply to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who also showed interest in talking with TBC about tunneling projects.