Elon Musk wins improbably cheap bid to dig a tunnel through Chicago

Chicago Picks Musk's Boring Co. for O'Hare Express Service

Chicago Picks Musk's Boring Co. for O'Hare Express Service

Known as the Chicago Express Loop, the new system will feature "electric skate" vehicles that will whisk passengers through underground tunnels at speeds up to 150 miles per hour, according to The Boring Co.'s website.

The Boring Company, founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport in mere minutes.

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

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel specified that the winning company would have to transport passengers and their luggage between the airport and downtown in 20 minutes or less.

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

At a news conference with Emanuel, Musk said the Loop "will ultimately transition to the Hyperloop system". An official announcement from the city is expected this afternoon, confirming that Musk's company beat out four other developers to win the project.

The electric pods would depart both O'Hare and Block 37 as frequently as every 30 seconds.

In Los Angeles, the company had been making a little more headway, receiving permission from the city to build a 2.7-mile proof-of-concept tunnel and station parallel to the 405 freeway.

Musk's company also would keep all revenue from ticket sales and advertising. Thus far, the company has received a permit to dig up a parking lot in Washington, DC, and it has received permission from the state of Maryland to build a 10-mile tunnel "beneath a state-owned portion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway".

Musk, who started The Boring Company in 2016 with the goal of combatting LA's "soul-destroying" traffic, is promising to make tunneling cheaper and faster, and to radically rethink the vehicles carrying passengers. The Chicago Express is a billion dollar project, but the technology is still unproven.

"Given his track record, we are taking his reputation and saying, "This is a guy in two other transportation modes who has not failed". A source told The Chicago Tribune that the target is in the $20 to $25 range.

The project will be funded by the company with no taxpayer subsidies, Collins and the company said.

Musk's claims that his Tesla models are the safest cars on the road have come under some scrutiny, in particular the Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system. They are created to carry between eight and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle, according to the company.

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