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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk gives L.A. $50,000 to finish widening the 405 Freeway

Tesla’s electric cars can alleviate one of the city’s stains—gas prices—but they can’t get you out of another: traffic.

Elon Musk, intrepid CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX is sick and damn tired of sitting in LA’s traffic. So he’s personally forking over $50,000 of his own cash to help the city complete a project to widen the 405 Freeway to ease traffic.

The project, started in 2011, is threatening to go over budget by $100 million and stretch into 2014. Musk’s $50,000 is just the beginning—he’s prepared to fork over more funds to help the city get in gear.

Musk told the LA Times he’s donating the $50,000 “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.”


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