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Blog Chicago in Talks to Hire Musk's Boring Company

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  1. TMC Staff

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    Chicago officials may tap Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to build speedy rail service between O’Hare International Airport and the Chicago Loop business district, according to a report from Crain’s. “We’re going to try to see if they can make it work here,” deputy mayor Steve Koch said in the report. “It depends on the...
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    If you tip your head sideways, Boring machines look a lot like old pieces of Falcon9's.... yet another re-use!
     
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    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    Illinois is broke. They can't afford to hire the Boring Comp.
     
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    What has Musk's Boring Co. that other tunneling companies don't have? And how is Musk's specific system going to alleviate congestion?

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    That's true. However...The Boring Company could do this as a proof of concept so other Major cities can see that it actually works before spending their own money in building out similar projects.

    Man I hope they do really pull through on this. That would be freakin awesome. Then maybe they can fix the crappy L Train in the city with a Hyperloop instead or something.
     
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    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    That's true, they could do it as a proof of concept. But if I were in charge, I'd wait for someone that was going to pay for the proof of concept.
     
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    Well, you could call it a developmental implementation. Kind of like most companies' electric cars. :p

    At the moment it's just an idea with a few people working on it. But it would be great for them to get a real price target, along with a permit: "If you can build it for $x, start tunneling."
     
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    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    @ ItsNotAboutTheMoney, You have the coolest name on this or any other forum.
     
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    Faster boring and the "sleds". The idea being that you load cars onto the sleds, which are electric, bypassing surface traffic. Since it's point to point, you don't have all of the problems with merging, idiot drivers, etc and they can go much faster. Also weather-proof, big deal in Chitown.
     
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    Ambition.
     
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    The Chicago Tribune reported that the city asked Musk about digging a rail line.
     
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    There is some irony in it, especially given that I'm in Maine, which is just about to shut down the government for all but essential functions for at least 10 days ...
     
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    Well for starters they don't have a guy named Elon Musk on their team.
     

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