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Las Vegas, Home Of Bad Ideas, Goes All-In On Elon's Dumb Tunnels

By Emily Chou
Published in The Boring Company
February 10, 2024
1 min read
Las Vegas, Home Of Bad Ideas, Goes All-In On Elon's Dumb Tunnels

So I was reading this article called “Las Vegas, Home Of Bad Ideas, Goes All-In On Elon’s Dumb Tunnels”, and let me tell you, it was a real eye-opener. The title itself caught my attention because, well, who doesn’t love a good Las Vegas story, right?

Basically, the article talks about how Las Vegas is embracing Elon Musk’s crazy idea of building underground tunnels to alleviate traffic problems. You know, the same guy who sent a car into space. Well, now he’s convinced that digging tunnels beneath cities is the solution to our traffic woes.

According to the article, Las Vegas is the first city to buy into this wild tunnel vision and they’ve shelled out a whopping $48.6 million for the project. It’s like they’re betting all their chips on Elon’s “dumb tunnels.” I can’t help but wonder if they’re just gambling away their money on another one of Vegas’ bad ideas.

The main idea behind these tunnels is to create an underground transportation system where people can hop on electric vehicles called Tesla Pods, and zip around the city without dealing with traffic. Sounds pretty cool, right? But here’s the catch - the tunnels are only for Teslas, so if you don’t own one, tough luck.

Now, I have to admit, this whole concept reminds me of those futuristic movies where people travel in pneumatic tubes. It’s like we’re living in the Jetsons era! But seriously, I’m not quite convinced that this is the answer to all our traffic nightmares. What about the environmental impact? Will this really solve congestion, or just create more problems underground?

In my opinion, while the idea of tunnels sounds exciting, there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. How will they handle emergencies or evacuations? Will it really make a significant impact on traffic congestion? And most importantly, is it worth the hefty price tag?

To wrap it up, Las Vegas is going all-in on Elon’s “dumb tunnels” in an attempt to revolutionize transportation. But whether it’s a stroke of genius or just another bad idea remains to be seen. While I applaud their ambition, I think it’s essential to approach this project with caution and consider all the potential consequences. After all, it’s our tax money they’re spending, so let’s hope it’s not all just smoke and mirrors.

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