Elon Musk Wants To Build Airport Link In Chicago

Marco Green
December 7, 2017

Elon Musk has a plan to take traffic off the congested highways of Los Angeles and instead transport vehicles at 125mph using an underground network of tunnels and sleds.

The map released by The Boring Company shows where the current test tunnel is as well as, more importantly, where Musk intends to expand.

As for fears of the tunnels collapsing during an natural disaster, Musk said this was not something people would need to worry about. The Boring Company suggests in the permit applications filed last month with the Bureau of Engineering that its system would be better because separate tunnels would be constructed for each stop (kind of like a freeway off-ramp), allowing vehicles to move close to top speed until they arrive at their final destination.

City documents obtained today by Curbed include a preliminary map showing an extensive network of tunnels called "Loop".

Phase 1 of the project would be constructed as a "proof-of-concept" tunnel and would be used for construction logistics verification, system testing, safety testing, operating procedure verification and line-switching demonstrations.

If (and it's a big if) the permit is approved, the tunnel is built, and all the testing proves successful, The Boring Company would then seek agreement from the County government and City government to open it to the public.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that Musk's solution to Chicago's problems would be an underground public transportation system where 8-12 passengers travel between destinations on autonomous electric skates at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. The first would create a single 6.5-mile tunnel parallel to the 405 freeway.

A map with Phase 1 of the project, the proof-of-concept tunnel, highlighted in red and Phase 2 highlighted in blue.

The second route would be developed in cooperation with Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, city governments in the greater Los Angeles area, and the general public, says the company.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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