Elon Musk’s Boring Company will build high-speed Chicago train

Irving Hamilton
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. That compares to the roughly 40 minutes it now takes to make it from O'Hare to the city via the Chicago Transportation Authority's Blue Line train.

The plan for the "Chicago Express Loop, " announced early Thursday by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Musk's tunneling firm, calls for the construction of an underground tunnel with concrete tracks on which "skates" - individual vehicles built on a modified Tesla X chassis - would carry 8 to 16 passengers at between 125 to 150 miles per hour from one of the world's busiest airports underneath some of the country's most congested roads.

You could take the regular 40-minute train from one of the busiest airports in the world, or how about a 12-minute high-speed trip? Collins says the journey in electric vehicles will take roughly 12 minutes. The Boring Company previously released video of a very similar project planned in Los Angeles, with the goal of taking passengers from downtown to LAX in just 8 minutes. "Neither our mayor nor Elon Musk is a patient man".

Boring will now exclusively negotiate with Chicago on a final proposal including the exact route. As for the risk of an unproven technology, Rivkin told the paper that the "only real risk to the city is that it doesn't get built". It received permits to start digging in Washington, DC, and in Los Angeles.

There was no immediate statement from the City of Chicago. "We'll be putting this project online in the near future", Rivkin said. "That's what we're doing".

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At the company's annual shareholder meeting earlier this month, Musk said he expected the Palo Alto, California, company to post a quarterly profit during the July-September period. The Loop system would transport 16 passengers.

The battery-powered electric skates that carry passengers are based on the Tesla Model X. One would leave as frequently as every 30 seconds and the system would operate 20 hours per day, according to Boring.

The company is also aiming for continuous tunneling and instead of carting off earth to a disposal site, it would recycle the earth to build bricks that could potentially be used inside the tunnels. They are created to carry between eight and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle, according to the company.

The billionaire entrepreneur hates LA traffic so much he's cutting his own path. After Thursday's announcement, the city will begin one-on-one contract negotiations with The Boring Company.

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