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Elon Musk wants people to really fear PUVs

Because they’re teeming with potentially murderous strangers

Of course he hates public transport: He's selling an alternative mode to frustrated commuters. PHOTO FROM ELON MUSK

So, Elon Musk, the big boss of supposedly world-saving companies like Tesla and SpaceX, has founded another supposedly world-saving company called, um, The Boring Company. The latter’s mission is to build lots and lots of tunnels deep underground so people can travel more efficiently.

And now, a Wired article reveals the motivation for Musk’s latest endeavor, citing a quote which the man uttered at an event called “Neural Information Processing Systems Conference”:

“I think public transport is painful. It sucks. Why do you want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn’t leave where you want it to leave, doesn’t start where you want it to start, doesn’t end where you want it to end? And it doesn’t go all the time. It’s a pain in the ass. That’s why everyone doesn’t like it. And there’s, like, a bunch of random strangers, one of whom might be a serial killer. Okay, great. And so that’s why people like individualized transport that goes where you want, when you want.”

While it’s true public transportation can be a pain in the ass, it’s a little too extreme to want to avoid it just because a fellow passenger might stab you in the neck—especially if you don’t really have the means to avoid it.

Naturally, he got called out on Twitter by sensible people, like this guy who is a PhD student of city planning:

Yay! Individualized transport will save the world! Elon Musk for president! TWEET BY YONAH FREEMARK

Another sensible man, this time a public transport policy consultant, agreed, calling Musk’s views “the essence of elite projection.”

Easy for a billionaire like Elon Musk to shun public transportation. TWEET BY JARRETT WALKER

To which the great Elon Musk responded…

Yep, the guy being hailed by many as the progressive liberator to lead humanity out of the dump has no tolerance for an opposing opinion. TWEET BY ELON MUSK

Well, at least he apologized afterward. Classy human being.



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 24 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll. He writes the column ‘Spoiler’.



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