Musk's The Boring Company wins bid for Chicago high-speed airport link

Chicago Picks Musk's Boring Co. for O'Hare Express Service

People will travel nonstop between the Loop and O'Hare in 16-passenger vehicles called "skates", which will leave every 30 seconds, the Boring Co said.

Elon Musk's Boring Company, an organization that I'm still partially sure is a front for Musk's doomsday bunker, has won a bid to create an underground express transit system from Chicago's O'Hare airport to the city downtown area.

Conceptual drawing of the Block 37 superstation, when completed as the downtown terminal for The Chicago Express Loop, a high-speed public transit system to O'Hare International Airport.

Chicago Picks Musk's Boring Co. for O'Hare Express Service

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel specified that the winning company would have to transport passengers and their luggage between the airport and downtown in 20 minutes or less.

The Boring Co has been promoting its plans for Hyperloop tunnels that would allow high-speed travel between cities, such as travel from NY to Washington in less than 30 minutes. The line will consist of two parallel tunnels, and it could take as little as 12 minutes to travel from point to point, according to a press release from the city.

Drilling for the project, pending regulatory and environmental approvals, could begin in as soon as three to four months, said Musk, who also founded and heads luxury electric auto maker Tesla Inc and rocket maker SpaceX.

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A president saluting USA service members is not unheard of, even as former President Barack Obama once did with a cup of coffee . Vladimir Putin was delivered a handwritten note by Kim Jong-un by a North Korean official during a meeting earlier today.

In Los Angeles, the company had been making a little more headway, receiving permission from the city to build a 2.7-mile proof-of-concept tunnel and station parallel to the 405 freeway. The tunnels may end up belonging to the city, with a long-term lease assigned to Musk's company.

As for what form the company's train will take, previous year Musk tweeted: "Electric pods for sure". The company has said it's faster and cheaper than other subterranean projects. It received permits to start digging in Washington, DC, and in Los Angeles. A lengthy write-up in The Chicago Tribune says that the total cost of the project could be around $1 billion, according to unnamed sources with knowledge on the matter.

If The Boring Company succeeds at its stated goal of bringing down the cost of underground tunneling to one-tenth of what it is today, the Chicago project will likely be just the beginning of a new wave of construction. The existing above-ground Blue Line trains charge riders about $5 for a 40-45 minute ride. The Boring Company released Wednesday renderings of what the underground system and rail cars would look like.

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China is North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic backer, despite its anger at Pyongyang's sabre rattling. The announcement took South Korean officials by surprise.

Rivkin said the estimated fare will be $20 to $25 per ride, which is significantly less than a taxi ride to or from the airport. The website says a skate could also hold "a single passenger vehicle".

New indictment filed against Paul Manafort
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