Australia may turn out to be a check floor for one more of Elon Musk’s huge infrastructure tasks after the maverick billionaire tweeted a “discount” value to construct a tunnel by means of a mountain to unravel Sydney’s site visitors woes.

Musk in 2017 made a Twitter pitch – and adopted by means of with the provide – to construct what was the world’s largest battery in an Australian state to unravel its extreme power disaster.

The entrepreneur behind electrical carmaker Tesla has most lately turned his sights on tackling metropolis site visitors by way of low-cost tunnels created by his Boring Company, and in December unveiled a pattern challenge close to Los Angeles.

So when an Australian politician tweeted at Musk on Wednesday in regards to the prices of drilling by means of a mountain vary north of Sydney, he responded shortly.

“I am a lawmaker in Sydney, which is choking with site visitors. How a lot to construct a 50km tunnel by means of the Blue Mountains and open up the west of our State?,” requested New South Wales state MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“About $15M/km for a two method excessive velocity transit, so in all probability round $750M plus perhaps $50M/station,” Musk replied late Wednesday, along with his response favored greater than 22,000 occasions on Twitter.

He has greater than 24 million followers on the social media platform.

One other billionaire, Mike Cannon-Brookes, who based Australian software program startup Atlassian, weighed in on the change, saying the estimated price ticket “seems like a discount for Sydney”. 

The inhabitants of the Sydney area has grown by round 25 % since 2011 to succeed in 5.four million, out of a nationwide inhabitants of 25 million, and highway congestion is a serious concern.

There was no indication the change of tunnel tweets would result in any fast motion, however it may convey some wanted optimistic publicity for Musk.

Musk has risen to prominence with a sequence of formidable ventures, significantly Tesla, however has additionally drawn loads of criticism for some risky behaviour.

He waged a public battle with a rescuer who helped save a bunch of boys trapped in a collapse Thailand final yr, calling him a “pedo man” after the Brit slammed his concept of constructing a mini-submarine to avoid wasting the kids as a public relations stunt.

In the meantime, riders who’ve examined out Boring’s prototype tunnel – the place automobiles are lowered by lifts then slotted into tracks and propelled alongside at excessive speeds – have complained of a bumpy journey.

© Thomson Reuters 2019

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