Wednesday, 24 February 2021 20:43

Boring Company Visit Inspires Fort Lauderdale, FL, Mayor to Explore Tunneling to Resolve Traffic

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, Mayor Dean Trantalis visited The Boring Company’s (TBC) tunneling projects in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The Florida mayor left the Boring Company’s tunnels on a positive note.


“It was a very productive trip,” Trantalis said Feb. 21 on Twitter. “We are coming home with a lot of ideas about the commuter rail project + other ways that tunneling could be put to use in resolving our traffic congestion.”


It seems Trantalis left The Boring Company’s tunnels with a better understanding of how the startup works and what it could do for Fort Lauderdale. Trantalis and his companions invited Elon Musk’s Boring Company team to Fort Lauderdale to continue their conversation from the visit. 


The mayor visited the tunnels to see the potential of one in New River. The startup estimated a tunnel in downtown Fort Lauderdale would cost between $30 million to $60 million to build. 


Trantalis and other Florida officials seem open to exploring the benefits of building a transport tunnel. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) seems to oppose the idea, and instead proposed building a 55-foot-high bridge with an estimated cost of $445 million.


Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is also in talks with The Boring Company for another tunneling project in Florida. Suarez was supposed to accompany Trantalis on his recent trip to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, but it seems Suarez could not join Trantalis, and will pay a separate visit. 


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