Musk's The Boring Company wins bid for Chicago high-speed airport link

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But they have also been experimenting with a lot of different ideas for the transportation system that they will use inside those tunnels. Los Angeles is exploring a 6.5-mile proof-of-concept tunnel and a Phase 2 expansion that would stretch for more than 50 miles along major arteries. U.S. cities are looking for alternatives to overcrowded highways and impossibly expensive subways. They are created to carry between eight and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle, according to the company. It has agreed to foot the bill for the entire Chicago project.

The accepted proposal, according to The Chicago Tribune, will involve Musk's Boring Company digging an underground tunnel system to connect the city's downtown area with O'hare International Airport. That technology would be designed for longer distances, like, say, Chicago to NY. "That's what we're doing". The skates would be based on Musk's Tesla Model X, and confined to a concrete track.

Skates will leave each station as frequently as every 30 seconds, operating 20 hours per day, seven days a week. The final destination will be at a new $8.5 billion global terminal Emmanuel has announced for O'Hare. This most recent effort was originally proposed last November, when the city opened up a "Request for Qualifications"-the first formal step in vetting companies eligible to submit proposals". This tunnel is now limited to Hawthorne.

Some are skeptical such a project will be built. None got very far - because of the cost, the shortage of money for other needed transit projects, and basic logistics: the Blue Line has too many stations and sharp curves and the like to provide truly fast service.

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A Boring Company spokesman said Thursday the company is "really excited" to work with the city. Several above-ground stations in the city will also needed, although the city will provide rights for underground construction. No information has been released about estimated construction costs or when construction might begin.

The whole setup has provoked skepticism. This new train would take less than 15 minutes. A source told The Chicago Tribune that the target is in the $20 to $25 range.

The Chicago Express Loop would be "100 percent privately funded", the Boring Company says. Opponents say the exemption Boring seeks from a lengthy environmental review of the Los Angeles test tunnel violates state law forbidding such waivers for large-scope projects on a piecemeal basis. While the technology looks like something from a sci-fi's all possible today. "You know I'd hope that you'd cheer us on for this". "The industry needs new thinking and technology".

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