By CBSMiami.com Team

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Fort Lauderdale’s mayor is calling his trip out west to explore the Boring Company’s tunnel projects a productive one.

Mayor Dean Trantalis posted a few photos to Twitter Sunday morning of his visit.

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The mayor and his team visited both Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where they investigated tunneling technology to bring a commuter rail service to the city.

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The Vegas project, called the Vegas Loop mega tunnel, is a two-tunnel 1-mile loop which connects the Convention Center with the Las Vegas Strip, at a cost of $52 million.

The LA project is a four-mile tunnel to connect a rail station with Ontario International Airport.

Civil engineers say it’s tough to build tunnels in South Florida, which is largely on a foundation of limestone, which is sponge-like, allowing water to move through it easily. However, large diameter tunnels are possible in South Florida if proper planning and precautionary measures are taken, said Conrad Felice, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Florida.

Felice noted that engineers earlier this decade completed the 4,200-foot Port Miami Tunnel, which had a price tag of $668.5 million and took over five years to complete.  That tunnel runs 120 feet below the surface.

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The mayor said the team has a lot of ideas for that project as well as others. He also said he invited Elon Musk’s team from the Boring Company to Fort Lauderdale to continue the conversation.

CBSMiami.com Team