Chicago taps Musk's firm to build high-speed tunnel to O'Hare

The Boring Company headed by Elon Musk wants to get you from downtown Chicago to the airport in 12 minutes

It'll be called The Chicago Express Loop.

Musk and Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, are expected to announce the proposal on Thursday. That should get passengers to the airport in about 12 minutes-still a significant improvement on current options, which often take about 40 minutes by train or auto. And the project would-use the long mothballed CTA "superstation" under Block 37 as a terminal, with the end point located near the CTA's Blue Line terminus close to O'Hare terminals but outside of the airport's security perimeter.

Under the arrangement with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, the Boring Company would bear the cost of building and operating the system, with no public expenditure. A decade later, taxpayers learned they would have to make up for a shortfall created when hotel tax revenue earmarked for the project proved insufficient.

"I'd hope that you'd cheer us on, because if we succeed it's going to be a great thing for the city, and if we fail, well I guess me and others will lose a bunch of money", Mr Musk said.

The Chicago-O'Hare Loop is a big win for the young company, adding credibility and legitimacy in the wake of these other projects. The cost of the ride is yet to be determined. A Blue Line ticket from O'Hare costs $5. "We expect to start as soon as we receive the approvals to start drilling later this year, perhaps as soon as three or four months, and we'll start drilling both from the station side and from the airport side", Musk said. Last year, Gregory Hauser, a civil engineer at Dragados who recently managed the replacement of Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct-the largest underground highway project in the US-said what The Boring Company attempting is on par with the challenge faced by SpaceX.

Details of the deal are to be worked out in the months ahead.

Musk, who has had an embattled relationship with his critics in the press as of late, said "There is a role for doubters".

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 trip now takes 30 to 45 minutes.

Thursday's news conference was held in the mothballed shell of an underground station that the city constructed years ago.

The Boring Company says it would transport passengers "on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour", with each skate capable of carrying between 8 and 16 passengers. The new system will come at a cost, however: A single fare will reportedly cost around $20. The Boring Company released Wednesday renderings of what the underground system and rail cars would look like.

In a bold bet that new technology can deliver a long-time City Hall goal, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has selected tech magnate Elon Musk's Boring Company to build and operate a super-express transit system between downtown and O'Hare International Airport.

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