Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been selected to build a “Loop” transit system between the O’Hare airport and the downtown area. 80 to 100 vehicles will be used in the underground system.
The vehicles used will be based on the Tesla Model X with space for between 8 and 16 passengers. The fully electric vehicles will then drive autonomously through a tunnel system at speeds up to 240 km/h.
Another notable factor, is that the city will not be paying for the system. The Boring Company will operate and take revenue from the service once it is launched, essentially making them a private mass-transit company.
The city stated the following regarding the contract conditions for the installment of the transit system: “The company will be required to further develop its plans and ensure they meet all necessary safety, construction, financing and operating requirements. The contract will also include protections to ensure taxpayers would be protected against any costs incurred by an incomplete project.”
With around 20,000 daily airline passengers travelling between the airport and the central business district, it is expected that the project will have a huge impact on traffic and environment in the city. This marks the third major transit project for the Boring Company, as they are currently also working on a tunnel network and Loop in L.A. as well as a Loop to connect Washington and Baltimore on the east coast.