Musk`s company to build airport express system for Chicago

Daniel Fowler
June 18, 2018

The speed of the tunneling is 160 km / h.

Musk, who's CEO of electric vehicle maker Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX, noted he's successfully completed other "pretty tricky" projects.

The Block 37 station was a dream project for "former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who sunk $200 million into building a downtown station that never opened", member station WBEZ reported last fall, as it analyzed Emanuel's plan to resurrect the project.

"If we succeed it will be a great thing for the city and if we fail I guess me and others will lose a bunch of money", said Musk, the chief executive officer of electric vehicle producer Tesla and aerospace manufacturer SpaceX.

While many details of the Chicago project are not yet available, the plan resembles one that Musk has put forth for Los Angeles, where an 11-mile tunnel could shoot passengers between the city's downtown and the Los Angeles International Airport in around eight minutes. No taxpayer funding will go towards the project. The overall project costs and construction timeline will be finalised during this process.

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According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data, O'Hare is the third busiest airport in the USA behind Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson and Los Angeles International.

The state of IN was forced to take over a faltering public-private road construction partnership a year ago due to the private developer's fiscal woes and Chicago has seen its share of boldly envisioned projects that have stalled. But Musk told a news conference that the project could break ground as early as four months from now, pending regulatory reviews, and be completed in three years or less.

Tesla has consistently failed to keep the promises he made to investors over production levels for its Model 3 sedan. Alderman Scott Waguespack, a member of the City Council's progressive caucus, said Emanuel was again putting the interests of billionaires and big corporations ahead of the needs of neighborhoods and taxpayers. Once construction begins he'd like to see the system operational in 18 months to two years, but said it should be no more than three years. A taxi ride now can take as much as an hour or more with traffic. "The existing above-ground Blue Line trains now take about 40-45 minutes to travel that route", writes Matt Novak for Gizmodo. Taxis and ride share cars typically cost between $40 to $50 and travel time can run from between a half hour to more than an hour depending on traffic.

People will travel nonstop between the Loop and O'Hare in 16-passenger vehicles called "skates", which will leave every 30 seconds, the Boring Co said. The Boring Company will create a new station at O'Hare. The system will operate 20 hours a day, seven days a week. Tesla cars using its "Autopilot" advanced cruise control have been in several high-profile crashes.

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