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Elon Musk with The Boring Company's unveiling of a test tunnel in Hawthorne, California, in 2018. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Fort Lauderdale officials have accepted a proposal from Elon Musk's The Boring Company to build a tunnel between the Florida city's downtown area and the beach.

Driving the news: Mayor Dean Trantalis (D) said in a statement announcing the agreement Tuesday night that the venture would be "a truly innovative way to reduce traffic congestion."

  • The transit system, known as Las Olas Loop, would see Tesla cars drive people from station to station in tunnels, CNN notes.
  • The Boring Company told city officials that the project would cost $10 million to $12 million per mile to complete — costing $60 million to $72 million, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Wednesday.

Yes, but: Transportation planners argue that using vehicles for public transit in tunnels would not be as efficient as having trains or buses, per CNN.

What to watch: Other firms have 45 days to submit competing proposals, according to Trantalis.

  • The mayor said Wednesday that The Boring Company's plans would need to meet certain criteria, including helping "solve some of our acute traffic problems," per the Sun Sentinel.
  • "It must be something the community feels it needs and we can afford," he said.

Flashback: Elon Musk's "boring" vision for tunnels, semis and self-driving cars

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Philadelphia's traffic-related fatalities spike in 2020

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Data: City of Philadelphia; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Traffic fatalities spiked in Philadelphia last year, despite fewer drivers spending time on the road during the pandemic.

Driving the news: The city on Wednesday released its annual Vision Zero report, which found that last year's crash fatalities in Philly skyrocketed 88% over the previous year.

  • "People are lead-footing around this town ... and they're driving like idiots," Mayor Jim Kenney said at a news conference Wednesday. "The pandemic ... has made people do things they normally wouldn't do, like driving crazily fast and doing insane stuff with cars in Center City."
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U.S. envoy to visit Sudan as "most dangerous" crisis intensifies

The sit-in in Khartoum. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty

U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Khartoum this week amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the “worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, two sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Driving the news: Roughly 2,000-3,000 people had joined a sit-in in Khartoum as of this afternoon, per Reuters, after protesters massed over the weekend to call on the military to bring down the government. The protests came just four weeks after a failed military coup.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.