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The Elon Musk tunnel project reaches a milestone. But the future is unclear.



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Musk’s career was rich in achievements that earned him a place in history. He made electric cars popular in Tesla and pioneered reusable rockets at SpaceX, which recently became the first private company to send astronauts into space. But he also gained a reputation for making bold statements, and not always according to them.
He intends to send space tourists around the moon in 2018, and to show a cross-country drive in a Autonomous Tesla by the end of 2017. And for years, Musk has been directing his views on the transformation of intra and inter-city transportation infrastructure, so far not so successful.

He created the Boring Company to pursue his transit vision. One of the projects, which featured two tunnels along the one mile in Las Vegas, was completed last month. When it opened for business in January 2021, a little of its original vision would be realized. Passengers will enter Tesla – driven by other humans, not transported by an autonomous sled – and driven at a top speed of 35 miles per hour, according to Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Steve Hill.

In 2017, Musk tweeted he had “verbal government approval” to build a tunnel from New York to Washington, DC, drawing broadly the media coverage. This intercity fast transportation project, originally announced in 2013 and dubbed Hyperloop, would theoretically be achieved by building an autonomous, electric pod that would carry passengers up to 600 miles per hour. But the first leg of the project is currently mired in an environmental review, and there is no clear deadline to complete it.
It was on stage in April 2017 at a Ted conference of ideas, Musk shows animation the video the vehicle was lowered into a tunnel above an elevator that merged with a roadside parking lot and drove across the city using an electric train. He called the Loop the Intacity transportation project and claimed the autonomous vehicle would be cheaper than the bus. Thirty layers of tunnels in a city might completely improve congestion problems in high-density cities, Musk said November 2018.
But the two Boring Company tunnels were completed at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which will open more than a year ago Musk’s original estimate, Is far from the slippery Ted video pitch. Beyond the 35 mph speed limit and the initial requirements for human drivers, this project was built for conference participants and is not currently intended as public transportation.

The system will depend on Tesla Models 3s and Xs. Trams built on the Model 3 chassis carrying 12-16 passengers can be introduced later, according to Hill. He hopes the vehicles will eventually drive independently, once they are proven safe. Hill said he wasn’t sure how long it would take.

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Boring Company and Musk representatives did not respond to CNN Business’s request for comment.

The newly completed tunnel can eventually be extended to the greater Las Vegas, providing travel between casinos, resorts, residential neighborhoods, sports stadiums, and airports. Two resorts, Wynn Las Vegas and Resorts World Las Vegas, submitted expansion plans this month to local governments for approval. Both are located about a mile from the Convention Center.

Construction can begin later this year, awaiting approval. Rates will be affordable, according to a spokesman for Resorts World Las Vegas, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2021. No further details about the proposed expansion have been released.

Hill said that tickets will cost from $ 3 to $ 5, making it more expensive than bus tickets. Travel by a single bus can be $ 3 or less in Las Vegas, and a monthly bus ticket can be obtained for $ 65.

The Boring Company has released a map of how the Loop can be extended, with 27 more stops in Las Vegas, and an extension to Los Angeles. However, the proposal has not yet come out of the drawing board. So far it seems that it’s only a proposal without entering from Las Vegas.

A spokesman for McCarran International Airport said there was nothing formal in the work for new airport connections to the Strip or convention center. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman declined to comment on this story.

While the current reality does not fit Musk’s initial vision, Las Vegas leaders are excited about the potential for expansion, which they see as a cost-effective way to improve local transportation.

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“We have seen the subway system, we have seen the monorail, we have seen the light rail,” Hill said. “It’s not because we haven’t thought anything. It’s because we don’t have room for it or we can’t afford it.”

A monorail, for example, can cost $ 100 million per mile, he said. Boring Company has not requested public funding, and thinks it can dramatically reduce tunneling costs.

But there are questions about whether it will fulfill its promises, be cost effective and serve a large number of visitors. Musk, who is CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and Neuralink, said last month he spends less than 1% of his time in the company. Musk has played an important role in the success of other companies, so the limited time contribution can influence how successful the company is.
In 2017, Musk announced that he received government approval for a proposed Hyperloop, a high-speed subway service that will travel between New York and Washington, DC in less than 30 minutes and with speeds of more than 600 mph. Question survive whether Musk has sufficient approval to complete the project.

Meanwhile, besides Las Vegas, several other Loop projects from the Boring Company are slowly moving forward. If completed, they will operate at a lower speed, with a 155 mph cap.

One example, his project between DC and Baltimore is under environmental review, according to a spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration. A federal government website that tracks infrastructure project permits has described the review as completed by the end of 2019. The spokesman declined to say why the review appeared to be delayed.

The project will initially be limited to 1,000 passengers per direction per day, according to the government environmental assessment project. That would provide less capacity than the Marc Camden Line, a commuter train service that connects the same two cities, and has an average working day rider of 5,075, according to State of Maryland data. Ratings say Loop capacity is due to limited size of the DC Loop station location. Future expansion can accommodate more than 100,000 passengers per direction per day, when including trips to intermediary stations in the future, according to the assessment.

If the Boring Company is cleared to continue the DC project to the New York Hyperloop, the curved route south of Baltimore will make it technically unrealistic to maintain the high speed projected by Musk, according to Christian Claudel, a transportation engineering professor at the University of Texas-Austin who has advised students on Hyperloop project. Given how sharp the curves are on the project map, G forces will be too strong for fighter pilots, he said.

Plans to build a Loop from downtown Chicago to O’Hare Airport seem camphor. A spokesman for the city of Chicago said the project had not been discussed since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office a year ago.

But in Vegas, interest remains high to see what the Boring Company can do, if it develops.

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“From my reasoning, it’s only a matter of time,” said Jeremy Aguero, spokesman for the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board. “The world is likely to be very important for Southern Nevada and perhaps beyond.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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