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Boring Company Unveils Images of Gantry

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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After winning the bid to build a tunnel for Chicago’s transit system between downtown and O’Hare Airport, Elon Musk’s Boring Company last week revealed the gantry being developed for the Loop.

Chicago’s transit system will be the company’s first deployment of its Loop technology, according to Electrek.

Chicago Transit System

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement June 14, touting a system that will purportedly reduce the time of a commute from downtown Chicago to O’Hare to 12 minutes using autonomous electric vehicles similar to those proposed for the Boring Company’s planned tunnel in California.

The announcement came after a request for proposals issued in March; the selection by the mayor’s office must be presented to city council after contract details are negotiated.

A source told the Chicago Tribune that the company believes it can build the tunnel for under $1 billion.

The concrete tunnel would convey autonomous electric “skate” vehicles like those described in other Boring Company project plans; the vehicles would go 125-150 mph and carry 8-16 passengers each. Alternatively, a skate could accommodate one passenger car.

Gantry Construction

On July 5, The Boring Company tweeted an image of the latest iteration of the gantry structure, which now includes what appears to be a rail in the middle of the concrete foundation, on which they placed the gantry.

A source told Electrek that the system is currently located in Hawthorne, California—the home of the Boring Company—but it will be moved to Chicago. Musk himself has also announced an aggressive timeline for the transit project.

Drilling is slated to begin after environmental and regulatory approval has been granted, which Musk expects to happen in the next three to four months. Current plans are to have the loop ready in the next 18-24 months, and it is “unlikely” to take any longer than three years, according to the billionaire.

The Boring Company remains at work on other proposed transit projects in Los Angeles and the East Coast.

   

Tagged categories: Infrastructure; Mass transit; Tunnel

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