The Boring Co. hasbig ambitions to dramatically change Los Angeles' nearlynonexistent transit network—but that objective may prove to be moredream than reality. The company had announced plans to build atransit line along the 405 Freeway, but scrapped the idea lastmonth after a CEQA lawsuit came forward. While Boring publicallysaid that it wanted to focus on its Dodger “Dugout Loop transitline project, CEQA lawsuits and challenges could be an ongoingobstacle for the tech and development company.

“As I understand it, the Boring Co. hasn't scrapped the projectaltogether. It has scrapped one of the originally proposedlocations for the project,” Kristina Lawson,partner at Hanson Bridgett, tells about the project.“While CEQA may have been one of the reasons the project isn'tmoving forward in this location, there were likely cost andinfrastructure concerns as well.”

The firm could potential struggle with CEQA lawsuits because itis deferring CEQA analysis while it tests the project. “Under CEQA,a project must be evaluated for potentially significant impacts atthe earliest possible time,” she explains. “The Boring Co.'s “test”project had been exempted from CEQA by the lead agency, with fullanalysis under CEQA deferred to a future time.  This typeof deferral of analysis can be problematic. Ultimately, acomprehensive CEQA review will determine whether or not there areany impacts that need to be mitigated.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.