The game-changing transport tech explained.
The Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line trains now provide transportation from the city to O'Hare.
Call it a big win for Elon Musk.
Conceptual drawing of the Block 37 superstation, when completed as the downtown terminal for The Chicago Express Loop, a high-speed public transit system to O'Hare International Airport. They are created to carry between eight and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle, according to the company.
Boring will now exclusively negotiate with Chicago on a final proposal including the exact route.
But in Chicago, the city will assist The Boring Company with all necessary permits, and there does seem to be some political will to have such a tunnel built within the city, and relatively quickly. The company has been digging under a SpaceX parking lot, while its application to dig a tunnel beneath Los Angeles and Culver City is caught up regulatory obstacles and legal challenges.
Without providing a specific timeline, the Boring Company said it will take over the unfinished Block 37 superstation in the city, which the company said is an "amazing facility", according to the Chicago Sun Times.
"We're taking a bet on a guy who doesn't like to fail - and his resources. That's what we're doing". Loop's novel underground transportation system must adapt electric transport technology developed at Tesla to subterranean applications.
For the Loop, passengers are expected to ride in autonomous 16-passenger vehicles, or "skates", based loosely on Tesla's Model X SUV.The battery-powered vehicles will move along tracks with wheels on a concrete shelf much like a auto, while four stabilizing wheels on the sides would ride along curbs in the tunnel walls.
Musk held a town hall-style meeting in the affluent LA suburb of Bel-Air last month to ease fears among residents skeptical of the tech billionaire's plan to dig tunnels under their neighborhoods.
The company is also aiming for continuous tunneling and instead of carting off earth to a disposal site, it would recycle the earth to build bricks that could potentially be used inside the tunnels. Collins says the journey in electric vehicles will take roughly 12 minutes. His Hyperloop technology also has not yet been thoroughly tested.
If all goes well in the contract-negotiation process, The Boring Company's selection by the city of Chicago is the most significant stepping stone for the company to date.