There are no bounds for imagination, creativity, and enthusiasm when someone is driven and desired to bring the awe and innovation in the world. This is what can be said about mighty Elon Musk. From Tesla, SpaceX to Boring Company, PayPal, and others, the billionaire tech entrepreneur has become a monument for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators. Though his passion and obsession for innovation have already brought forth few unbelievable concepts and products in the world, he is now on the mission to bring high-speed transit between O’Hare Airport and Chicago. Of course, through a project of his Boring Company. He has an approval of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for that. The Mayor has recently announced the Boring Company’s selection to build the high-speed transit link between O’Hare International Airport and the city’s downtown.
The Musk’s company has been selected among four bids. Other bidding companies were Antarctica Capital, O’Hare Xpress, a joint venture from Meridiam, and JLC Infrastructure, an infrastructure fund with a backing from the former basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The negotiations between the government and the firm will reach the final agreement on the deal in next few months. This link is expected to offer an alternative to the traffic and slow ‘L’ trains.
“If you look at the history of Chicago … every time we’ve been an innovator in transportation, we have seized the future,” said Rahm Emanuel in an interview with the Tribune. “I think figuring out when time is money, how to shrink the distance between the economic and job engines of O’Hare and downtown positions Chicago as the global leader and global city in the United States.”
The tunneling technology of Boring Company has been one of the crucial factors in the selection. Though it is an unproven technology, it has been selected over other high-speed rail technologies. The commute between the city’s busiest airports and the central business district will be accelerated after implementation of the technology.
Boring officials and the Chicago Mayor have not provided any timeline or estimated cost for the project on the grounds now being too early to give a date. They have outlined that the Boring Company will fund the entire project. This would include building a new station at O’Hare along with competing the mothballed superstation that was developed at Block 37 under previous Mayor Richard M. Daley, who also emphasized on high-speed rail access to O’Hare. The Chicago Mayor and Musk would announce the proposal formally on Thursday afternoon.
Under the proposal, the estimated time to travel from the Loop to O’Hare will be 12 minutes, while estimated cost will be $20 to $25 per ride. The negotiations on deciding the route are still pending. Deputy Mayor Robert Rivkin and a Boring official did not comment on the route on which it would run. According to the sources, the O’Hare station of the high-speed transit would be established near the new global terminal which has been announced by the city Mayor as part of an $8.5 billion funding for the airport.
Musk outlined that the Boring Company can develop the tunnels at least 14 times faster than the previous efforts. Moreover, the self-driving tram or vehicle that the company envisioned based on Tesla Model X car chassis needs to be manufactured on the large scale. The Chicago Mayor is not discouraged by the uncertainty of the execution by Boring Company as per the plan. He indicated to the success of Elon Musk in building an empire with the electric-car company Tesla and the aerospace manufacturer SpaceX which sent a spacecraft to the International Space Station. Let’s see how Boring Company executes this multibillion-dollar project.