Chicagoans could be the first residents in the US to enjoy Elon Musk’s vision for transportation, as The Boring Company won a bid to bring autonomous, high-speed public transit to Chicago.
Winning against four other bidders, The Boring Company wants to create The Chicago Express Loop to connect downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport with a hyperloop.
The project would bring residents the chance to ride a shuttle at speeds of more than 100 mph and from the city center to O’Hare in just 12 minutes, at just $20-$25 per ticket. Right now, the other options are $5 for a 40-minute train trip or around $40 for a 15-mile taxi ride.
The shuttles are called “electric skates” and will carry up to 16 passengers through underground tunnels.
“Elon Musk is looking for a place to prove his technology works, and Chicago is rolling out the red carpet for him,” said Joe Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University in Chicago.