In a huge win for Elon Musks’ latest venture – the Boring Company has been chosen to construct, operate, and maintain Chicago’s O’Hare Express transportation service.
The goal of the project is to provide affordable high speed transit between Chicago’s O’Hare airport and downtown Chicago, all by building a really really big tunnel.
The O’Hare Express will transport 8-15 passengers at a time at speeds of up to 150 mph on an electric skate (sounds fun to us!).
The skates are expected to be quite a comfortable ride, with each providing luggage storage, a climate control system, and even WiFi!
Skates are expected to leave from the stations around every 30 seconds according to The Boring Company’s website, and the loop will operate 20 hours a day 7 days a week.
With the cost being substantially less than ride sharing services such as Uber or Lyft, the loop seems like it will quickly become best way for any traveler to get to and from O’Hare.
With over 35,000 daily air passengers predicted to be passing through the airport by 2045, the loop should gain popularity among travelers and have enough passengers to maintain operations relatively quickly.
However, those who are uneasy about the idea of hurtling through a tunnel at over 120 mph can still stick to a taxi or an Uber.
Why a tunnel? Well, according to the Boring Company’s website tunnels are the way to go when building the transportation systems of the future.
Operations are not affected by weather, tunnel systems cause no disturbance to the public, and are not hindered by “subsurface right of way constraints” as the company puts it.
Which in reality means buildings, cars, houses, or really anything that’s above ground.
Plus, the all electric transportation system is environmentally friendly.
Fast, fun, comfortable, and environmentally friendly transport sounds like a win-win to us!
There is currently no projected completion date for the project, but we hope it comes sooner rather than later.
Wishing all the best to the Boring Company team with this project!