Elon Musk’s Boring Company will quickly have some boring to do.
The tech billionaire’s tunnel-building endeavor confirmed to HuffPost late Wednesday that it had been chosen to construct an express transit network between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport.
The firm claims the journey by means of its futuristic tunnels will ferry as much as 16 passengers in high-speed electrical automobiles. The automobiles, known as “skates,” may depart as frequently as every 30 seconds and journey greater than 100 miles per hour, The New York Times reported.
The journey will reportedly take about 12 minutes every approach.
There are few speedy choices to get from downtown to O’Hare; vacationers can both drive on the usually traffic-clogged roadways or take the L prepare. Both choices can take more than 40 minutes, The Verge reported.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) opened up the bidding course of to corporations with concepts on easy methods to reduce that commute to less than 20 minutes.
“This transformative challenge will assist Chicago write the following chapter in our legacy of innovation and invention,” Emanuel advised The Times on Wednesday. He will present extra particulars at a information convention with Musk on Thursday.
The challenge, which nonetheless wants approval from the town council, is anticipated to value round $1 billion and can be fully financed by the Boring Company. Rides would value about $20 to $25, and all fares and branding related to the challenge would go to the corporate itself, per The Chicago Tribune.
It’s unclear how shortly the challenge can be accomplished after the contracts are signed. Boring Co. continues to be constructing its first test tunnel in California. But Emanuel expressed optimism that Musk was up to the task.
“I’m betting on a man who has confirmed in house, auto and now a tunnel, that he can innovate and create one thing of the longer term,” Emanuel advised the Tribune. “Given his monitor report, we’re taking his repute and saying, ‘This is a man in two different transportation modes who has not failed.’ That’s what we’re doing.”
One of Musk’s different firm’s, Tesla, Inc., lately introduced plans to put off about 9 p.c of its workforce in an effort to turn into worthwhile. About three,500 individuals, most of them salaried staff, are expected to lose their jobs. The automaker has misplaced cash yearly since its founding greater than a decade in the past and has struggled to maintain up with orders for its electrical automobiles.
“What drives us is our mission to speed up the world’s transition to sustainable, clear vitality,” Musk wrote in an inner e mail to workers that he later posted to Twitter. “We will never achieve that mission except we ultimately display that we may be sustainably worthwhile. That is a sound and honest criticism of Tesla’s historical past up to now.”
Aside from tunnels, the Boring Company lately triggered a literal firestorm on social media after Musk sold 20,000 branded flamethrowers for $500-a-pop. The firm made $10 million from these gross sales.