Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, among others, has captured the attention of authorities of the city of San Jose as they seek to establish a new transportation system in its airport and adjacent areas.
It’s been a year since the cities of San Jose, Cupertino, and Santa Clara, along with the Valley Transit Authority started accepting proposals, both solicited and not, for novel solutions to the area’s transportation woes. The aim is to connect key destinations such as the Mineta San Jose International Airport, Diridon Station, and several points of interest in the Stevens Creek Boulevard corridor. This is in line with the long-term goal of establishing a running, efficient system within the residents and workers employed in Silicon Valley and nearby areas.
Planning and design consultant group Kimley-Horn, the company hired by the authorities, analyzed the proposals submitted and released their assessment the following year. Adam Dankberg, an engineer from Kimley-Horn, took note of Elon Musk’s The Boring Company and its proposed use of autonomous vehicles, the Tesla Model X, traversing in an underground tunnel. Other proposals being considered to include those from 2getthere from Europe, Chinese company BYD, Mexico-based firm Modutram, and Plenary Glydways. Each has a different offer but one thing in common among the rest is the use of driverless technology.
But the released report also takes note of is that the technologies proposed are just in their infancy and will need to be tested for feasibility. It estimates that it will take at least eight years to turn into a real and usable piece of innovation.
Several officials, from San Jose Vice Mayor Chappie Jones and Ramses Madou, division manager of the Planning, Policy, and Sustainability office under the city’s Department of Transportation, see this as a dawn of a new era for the city’s realization of a new transportation system within its limits and adjacent areas as well.
Currently, a commute to the Mineta San Jose International Airport requires a traveler to transfer from Caltrain, Light Rail, or BART to an airport shuttle. The search for an alternative to this has been ongoing for more than two decades but to no avail.