Experiencing stop-and-go traffic on a daily basis is, let's say, frustrating. We could certainly say more, but our PG rating here would be in jeopardy if we continue to rant.
Musk Commutes Between Bel Air and Hawthorne (Marked With Red Dots on Map--Click to Enlarge)
For Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, the congestion on California's Interstate 405 is so irritating that he's willing to pay to fix it.
As Musk told the Los Angeles Times:
"The 405 … varies from bad to horrendous..It just seems people in Los Angeles are being tortured by this.… I don't know why they aren't marching in the streets."
Musk commutes daily on the 405. There's no other reasonable option to get from his home in Bel Air, CA down to the site of his other current endeavor: SpaceX in Hawthorne, CA.
The state of California is working to solve the congestion issue on Interstate 405 with a widening project, but it's been delayed and the Interstate is a mess at this point in time.
Musk himself already threw $50,000 of his own money into the widening project, but with the completion date is now pushed back to Fall of 2014, Musk says he's ready to pay out more cash.
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"...as a contribution to the city and my own happiness. If it can actually make a difference, I would gladly contribute funds and ideas. I've super had it."
Back in July, Musk met with David Murphy, the man who heads Angelenos Against Gridlock. The group is, among other things, trying to speed the 405 widening project, so Musk gladly offered up $50,000 to assist in the efforts, but that doesn't appear to have been enough. The project remains way behind schedule and hugely ($100 million) over budget.
How bad is Musk's daily commute? Well, as he says, it's easier getting rockets into orbit than navigating his daily commute. We doubt that's even remotely close to true, but it at least provides us with a glimpse into how bad the congestion is on the 405. It's a shame too because Musk can't exploit the potential of his Model S in the bumper-to-bumper grind.
via LA Times