Elon Musk's Boring Co to build high-speed commuter system in Chicago

Elon Musk's Boring Co to build high-speed commuter system in Chicago

The Chicago Express Loop will connect downtown Chicago with O'Hare International Airport.

Electric pods called skates will run on rails under the city, each capable of carrying between 8 and 16 passengers at up to 150 miles per hour (240 km/h).

A taxi ride from downtown Chicago to O'Hare today costs about $40, and can take more than hour in morning traffic.

The new rail line, or Chicago Express Loop, will see 12-minute trips in electric vehicles called "skates", from the airport's new terminals to the Block 37 super-station downtown.

If you're planning to fly into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport at some point in the future, you might be pleasantly surprised by the transit options. The above video shows the vehicle reaching a top speed of about 200 k/mh (125 mph) which, while certainly faster than the "L", the trip will still take about 12 minutes.

The Washington Post reported earlier this year that Washington, D.C. gave The Boring Company a permit to dig in a Northeast parking lot for research into the hyper loop.

Boring is seeking an exemption from a lengthy environmental review of the Los Angeles test tunnel.

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But in interviews with Chicago newspapers, Emanuel expressed great faith in the ability of Musk, father of the Tesla and SpaceX, to deliver at a cost of roughly $1 billion or less.

Musk hasn't given up on his original vision for an ultra-high-speed transport system. They are created to carry between eight and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle, according to the company.

The battery-powered skates will be built on a modified Tesla Model X chassis, with a pod that will be climate controlled, have space for luggage and include built-in Wi-Fi.

The Boring Company plans to achieve this short transit time using electric vehicles running through two underground tunnels, the construction of which will reportedly be funded entirely by the company with no taxpayer money invested in the construction of the new system.

Boring will now exclusively negotiate with Chicago on a final proposal including the exact route. That price tag would be significantly lower than recent subways built in the United States, which have cost from $600 million to over $2 billion per mile.

"We're really excited to work with the Mayor and the City to bring this new high-speed public transportation system to Chicago!" the company said in a tweet.

In May, Musk said a tunnel built under a Los Angeles suburbto test a transportation system was nearly complete and that the public would be offered free rides in a few months. The Boring Company released Wednesday renderings of what the underground system and rail cars would look like.

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