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Dig it: Elon Musk’s Boring Co. gets tapped for Chicago project

Elon Musk’s Boring Co. wins Chicago high-speed train bid Elon Musk's Boring Co. has proposed transit projects in Chicago Los Angeles and Washington D.C
Russell Knight | 14 June, 2018, 23:09

A Blue Line ticket from O'Hare costs $5.

"The thought was, you can avoid having to relocate buildings and homes, and lots of complex relocation utility, by just digging deep and putting in a tubular type infrastructure that would allow trains to just zip to O'Hare in these pods that could get people there in 10 minutes or so", Joe Schwieterman, director of DePaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, told WBEZ.

On Thursday morning, the city of Chicago announced that the Mayor's Office had chosen The Boring Company to build an express line between O'Hare International Airport and Block 37 in the city's downtown area, known as The Loop.

The company estimates the travel time between downtown and the airport to be approximately 12 minutes.

Though it may sound similar in design to a subway system, the Boring company is quick to point out that the electric skates will move faster than subway cars and they'll be completely autonomous.

Musk's company was selected out of four other bidders. It is unknown when the project will go online, but the concept has made some headway in major United States cities. It'll be called The Chicago Express Loop. 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".

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The Boring Company's new O'Hare Airport Station.

The deal: Chicago's elevated train system, "the L" to locals, has operated for more than 125 years, but traffic in the windy city is anything but breezy.

Prices for the express service have not been set, but The Boring Company's proposal said that they'll be more expensive than the Blue Line, but cheaper than a auto service.

Boring has promised that the project will be "100 percent privately funded". O'Hare is roughly 17 miles from the heart of the city.

The skates will leave every 30 seconds and the system will operate 20 hours a day, seven days a week, the company said.

Rivkin said the estimated fare will be $20 to $25 per ride, which is significantly less than a taxi ride to or from the airport. In addition to the no-taxpayer-funding requirement, the city also said that The Boring Company would have to agree "to ensure taxpayers would be protected against any costs incurred by an incomplete project". No information has been released about estimated construction costs or when construction might begin.

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