Boring Company Talks Silicon Valley Tunnel But They Should Make Cheaper Subway Tunnels

The Mayor of San Jose, California, Sam Liccardo, is in talks with Elon Musk’s Boring Company for a tunnel from the airport to Diridon Station.

Mayor Sam Liccardo told reporters at City Hall that this represents a chance for the station “to grow with the city.

Google is expected to build a massive campus near Diridon. This will bring thousands more people, jobs and homes to the area. Diridon station itself is expected to undergo an overhaul of its own with BART eventually set to extend downtown and to the station. The Silicon Valley BART extension is currently scheduled for completion around 2026.

A half decade ago, the estimated cost for building a traditional rail link between the airport and station came in around $800 million.

A Boring tunnel could potentially cost a fraction of that figure.

Boring tunnels could be used to lower the $4.7 billion cost of the Silicon Valley BART extension.

A $4.7-billion extension has been proposed to downtown San Jose. The extension will be built by VTA but it will be operated by BART. The line would continue to the San Jose Diridon station (transfer point to Amtrak, Caltrain, Altamont Corridor Express, VTA Light rail and bus, and the planned California High-Speed Rail system). The proposed BART subway station would be called Diridon. It continues to the proposed Santa Clara Caltrain Station.

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