June 20, 2024
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Boring Company’s newly announced underground transit link between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. During a joint press conference with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Boring Company CEO Elon Musk said that the only thing that would slow the project are the pending “regulatory and environmental approvals.”

Boring Company is digging two tunnels that will connect the currently unfinished transit station underneath the Block 37 stop of the Chicago Loop system to O’Hare International Airport. Passengers will travel in a high speed pods made by Tesla in groups of up to 16 at once, with pods leaving each destination as often as every 30 seconds. The pods will travel at about 150 miles per hour, which is fast enough to shrink the normally 40-minute ride down to just 12 minutes.

Last year, mayor Emanuel requested innovators and technologists to submit proposals to help update the city’s public transportation system. Musk explained why he and his tunnel boring company had responded to Chicago’s open bid in the first place. He said he was attracted to the city’s lack of bureaucracy. In some places you could be upwards of 12 or 15 different separate authorities in order to get approval to do something.

Now the Boring Company has already spent the last few months in digging a test tunnel in California. And has made enough progress there that, today, the company has posted a video of a Model S traveling through the tunnel. During the press conference, Musk said that technical hurdles won’t hinder the Chicago project I feel very confident that the technologies that need to be solved here while difficult and new, are significantly less difficult than say what we do at SpaceX or Tesla.

As long as the company  will receives all the necessary approvals,It will start digging from both ends of the tunnel as soon as three to four months from now. And once construction will start, Musk said he “aspirationally” expects the tunnel to be operational between the next 18 to 24 months. He also said that “I would say it’s very unlikely to be more than three years” until the tunnel opens. We’re only going to open the system to the public once the safety is extremely well-proven, so even once it’s done we’ll be doing demonstration rides, but we’ll go through a rigorous safety qualification process before putting large numbers of people on board.

The Project will as soon as the approvals will be obtained by the company. Now there has not been said by the company at the moment but we hope that it will soon held a conference or will release a statement regarding the questions and the doubts.

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