Boring Company to build Chicago high-speed airport link

Marco Green
June 14, 2018

Elon Musk's Boring Co.is the victor in a bid to build a multibillion-dollar high-speed express train to O'Hare International Airport, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Reuters has not been able to reach the city or the company for immediate comment.

The deal comes about a month after Musk unveiled a plan to burrow a high-speed network of "personalized mass transit" tunnels under Los Angeles that he said could be built without disturbance or noise at the surface.

As specified by the city, The Boring Company will be the one operating and therefore be taking revenue from the service once in operation.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Musk and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were due to make the official announcement on Thursday.

With over 20,000 daily air passengers traveling between O'Hare and the Chicago Central Business District, the new system is expected to have quite an impact on traffic in the city, the cost of transport, and on emissions since it's all-electric and it will be replacing lots of taxi and ride-sharing trips.

The Boring Company has released details about its proposed system already-it calls the system a "Loop" as in a modified version of the "Hyperloop" idea. "Electric pods for sure", he wrote. They say that the project will be "100 percent privately funded".

The Loop's exact line hasn't been determined yet, but it will consist of two parallel tunnels that run "straight northwest from downtown following public way alignments", according to the city's press release.

Under the contract, Musk's company will design, fund, build and operate a high-speed loop connecting O'Hare Airport with downtown Chicago, the company said on its website. He said the public will be offered free rides on the Loop service in the coming months, if the company receives regulatory approval. The contract will also include protections to ensure taxpayers would be protected against any costs incurred by an incomplete project. The result gives the young company a big boost in legitimacy as it tries to get transportation projects underway in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

In Los Angeles, the company had been making a little more headway, receiving permission from the city to build a 2.7-mile proof-of-concept tunnel and station parallel to the 405 freeway.

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