Tesla's new gigafactory might not be the only Elon Musk project underway in Austin.
The Boring Company is actively hiring in Austin to potentially build a tunnel beneath the city similar to projects already under way in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Although nothing is official, the company posted Monday on Twitter a link to its job board, which includes eight Austin openings, along with a not-so-subtle message:
Rumor has it that "Austin Chalk" is geologically one of best soils for tunneling. Want to find out? Austin jobs now… https://t.co/bAtFKnWQhg— The Boring Company (@The Boring Company)1604946893.0
If you're not familiar, The Boring Company touts itself as a traffic alternative that relies on tunnels beneath busy cities to allow autonomous vehicles—Teslas, for example—to drive as fast as possible without interference. The vacuum-sealed tunnel could allow vehicles to travel up to 150 miles per hour, with long-term goals to link the tunnels to create a "hyperloop," which could connect cities and enable speeds exceeding 600 mph.
More details, including the cost of this project, have yet to be released. Long term, The Boring Company claims the price to use the tunnel will be similar to the ticket price for traditional public transportation.
It just so happens that Austinites recently approved a tax increase that would partly pay for Project Connect, a $7.1 billion overhaul to the city's public transit system. The project includes a tunnel beneath downtown Austin.
Austin officials have not spoken publicly about The Boring Company's potential project or how a proposed tunnel might complement Project Connect.
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A Sunday night shooting at a North Austin apartment complex has left one dead after being shot by an unknown suspect.
Austin police arrived at the scene of Midtown Commons at Crestview Station apartments at West St. Johns Avenue around 11:30 p.m., where they found a man with a gunshot wound. Police performed CPR but the man died shortly after. The identity of the victim has not been revealed.
Investigators talked to witnesses at the apartment complex and have a suspect in mind. No other information has been revealed at this time.
More vaccines could be headed to Austin as FDA greenlights single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine
This story was updated Monday to include that the vaccine received official approval by the FDA this weekend.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine that is to be shipped out this week, increasing the number of vaccines available.
In a virtual meeting on Friday, the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee unanimously approved of the U.S.'s third available COVID-19 vaccine, which was officially approved on Saturday. Federal officials say 4 million doses will go out nationally this week, with an expected 20 million doses to be available by the end of March. The Texas Department of State Health Services has said it expects to receive about 200,000 doses, but has not released a timeline of when doses will be shipped and available.