Chicago Pols Give Mixed Reviews to Musk’s Tunnel Test
With Elon Musk’s Boring Company selected by the Emanuel administration earlier this year to build an underground high-speed transit system between downtown and O’Hare Airport, Chicago politicians were on hand for a preview in Los Angeles. Reviews were mixed.
Ald. Gilbert Villegas told the Chicago Tribune that the ride was “a little bumpy” since Musk and his team hadn’t yet smoothed out the surface of the test tunnel. At 34 mph, the ride was also considerably slower than the 150-mph speed touted by Musk.
Deputy Mayor Robert Rivkin, who was one of the dozen Chicago pols on Tuesday’s tour, told Crain’s Chicago Business, “I came away believing he can do it. The question is whether he can do it profitably. I don’t think anyone knows the answer, including him.”
The bigger question, Rivkin said, is “whether you can tunnel cheaper and faster than previously has been done.”
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