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Elon Musk’s L.A. tunnel transit system could come to Chicago


July, 2017

G. Wilkins

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Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk’s futuristic plans to revolutionize travel have been no secret, as they continue to draw international attention. The Boring Company, a ‘hobby’ he founded to bore a series of tunnels under Los Angeles for rapid automobile transport, has finally begun putting plans into action.

Recently, The Boring Company’s first drill, named Godot, completed the first segment of its first tunnel beneath L.A. The project has been controversial; many experts have slammed Musk’s idea as unrealistic. Chicago, however, sees potential.

“It would be a tremendous investment, job creator, and economic engine for the city that would pay dividends for decades ahead,” said Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago has already been rethinking its travel system. Previous mayor Richard M. Daley had attempted a high-speed rail system to aid travel in the city; but it never happened, and Emanuel promised in February to make it happen within three years. Daley clearly thinks very highly of the tunnel system, and if Musk jumps on board, a high-speed transit system for Chicago could be a reality in the near future.

  1. Header photo by Ken Lund via Flickr. Some rights reserved.
  2. http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/could-visionary-elon-musk-deliver-ohare-express-service-to-chicago/
  3. https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/28/elon-musk-boring-company-la-tunnel/



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