Tesla’s Elon Musk signals he wants to build O’Hare hyperloop – Government News

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30 November 2017 | 1:00 pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to add a high-speed connection between the Loop and O’Hare International Airport has drawn interest from a big name: Elon Musk.

Yesterday, the tech entrepreneur tweeted:

Also yesterday, the city issued a request for qualifications from potential builders and operators. In doing so, it gave some hints of what it expects.

This isn’t the first time Musk has been linked to the project.

In June, Crain’s reported the Emanuel administration had opened discussions with the CEO, who also heads electric car maker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX. He started Boring Co., a high-tech drilling firm to create transport tunnels.

Musk’s company says it has developed a tunnel-drilling technology that can cut construction costs 90 percent or more, using a better drill and making its tunnels are narrower than usual. That’s crucial, because locating a high-speed rail from the Loop is a tricky business.

Read more:
Why Elon Musk’s tunnel to O’Hare seems crazy—and worth a look
There’s more to that O’Hare express train plan
Crain’s original report on Musk’s interest in O’Hare tunnel

This Boring Co. video demonstrates how the company’s high-speed tunnel concept might work for automobiles:

The Loop-O’Hare express train, if executed by Boring Co., is more likely to utilize passenger cars:

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