Musk chosen to build high-speed airport transit system in Chicago

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As for what form the company's train will take, a year ago Musk tweeted: "Electric pods for sure".

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. Musk founded the company in the hope of alleviating city gridlock by building more tunnels, an endeavor that has set the company's engineers toward improving tunneling techniques.

"We're really excited to work with the Mayor and the City to bring this new high-speed public transportation system to Chicago!" the Boring Company tweeted late Wednesday after reports emerged that it had been chosen. Emmanuel's goal is to transport travelers from the airport to Chicago's center in 20 minutes or fewer, and at roughly a third of the cost of an expensive taxi or ride-sharing app. They say that the project will be "100 percent privately funded". 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.

Musk and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are expected to announce the proposal on Thursday in Chicago, the Tribune reported. 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.

Musk's plan proposes a 16-passenger autonomous vehicle that can whip passengers at speeds up to 100 miles per hour through tunnels between the airport and downtown.

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The transport system Boring has proposed is called Loop, a slower version of the Hyperloop that's designed for shorter distances and doesn't require vacuum conditions.

Boring said the fare will be less than half that of a taxi or ride share but more than the fare on the current train system.

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 project is unusual in that no government funding is involved, forcing the victor to finance the entire construction cost itself.

The Chicago Express Loop will initially feature skates outfitted as 16-passenger shuttles that will complete the 18-mile run between the airport and a new station to be built near the city's Millennium Park in 12 minutes, compared to approximately 45 minutes for the Blue Line surface train that services the route today. The company has been digging under a SpaceX parking lot, while its application to dig a tunnel beneath Los Angeles and Culver City is caught up regulatory obstacles and legal challenges.

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