The project will be dubbed “The Las Olas Loop,” a reference to a local road that connects to the beach. The Boring Company offers a transit system called the Loop, in which people in standard Teslas are driven from station to station in tunnels. Its first project opened last month at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There are plans to extend the system through more of Las Vegas.
If the Boring Company carries hundreds of passengers a day, as Trantalis has said before, that would be fewer riders than about half of each of Broward County Transit’s bus lines, which operate in Fort Lauderdale.
The local government envisions the Las Olas Loop as a way to alleviate parking stress at its beach. Drivers will be able to park cars at the downtown Brightline train station, which offers intercity rail service around Florida, and then ride in a Tesla to the beach.
“This is the type of big, bold idea that we should be exploring,” Ben Porritt, a Brightline spokesperson, told CNN Business. “Good transportation is ultimately about the functionality of a city.”
The Boring Company has promised to radically reduce tunneling expenses, which can cost governments as much as a billion dollars a mile, making many projects unaffordable.
Trantalis said this spring that the Boring Company and the city were studying the local geology to determine what path to take to the beach. Fort Lauderdale and the Boring Company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.