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Chicago Makes Deal With Elon Musk

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:49 pm

The City of Chicago announced a deal with Elon Musk’s Boring Company to link downtown Chicago and O’Hare via Musk’s “Loop” project, shrinking the travel time to 12 minutes.

However, not everyone is sold on the idea, including the deputy mayor of Chicago and the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, who both see the deal as “risky” due to the fact that Musk’s technology is still “essentially unproven”.

https://www.midwesthsr.org/chicago-make ... 97f97cf44e


As much as I like the idea of a faster connection to O’Hare (I’ve driven that route twice...it’s not fun), I’m not happy that Chicago chose a company who hasn’t finished or even tested the original prototype yet. It appears Chicago is putting its eggs into a basket that hasn’t been built yet. I haven’t been able to find any evidence of successful tests (or tests at all) for something like this. According to Boring Company’s own site, the loop will utilize an “electric skate” made from a modified Tesla Model X chassis, but doesn’t actually explain how it functions or any sort of fallback plan in case of power outage because, even though the tunnels are weatherproof, the power plants and substations aren’t.

I guess we’ll just have to see.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... story.html
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Re: Chicago Makes Deal With Elon Musk

Unread postby Saturnalia » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:26 pm

Chicago isn't putting any eggs in this basket. It's all privately funded.

And of COURSE the Chicago politicians are salty about it - because they're not involved in it so they won't be able to take credit.

You know when they have the project-start pressers wherein all the people turn the first shovels? I loathe those, because it's usually some politicians taking credit for work they haven't done!

Ok rant over. Chicago politics suck.
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Re: Chicago Makes Deal With Elon Musk

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:42 am

Saturnalia wrote:Chicago isn't putting any eggs in this basket. It's all privately funded.

And of COURSE the Chicago politicians are salty about it - because they're not involved in it so they won't be able to take credit.

You know when they have the project-start pressers wherein all the people turn the first shovels? I loathe those, because it's usually some politicians taking credit for work they haven't done!

Ok rant over. Chicago politics suck.


By “putting all their eggs into a basket that hasn’t been built yet”, I meant that they’ve seemingly chose to put in a mode of transportation that hasn’t even been tested for something that the city has wanted to do for a long time. I should have clarified that, my apologies.

And I while I agree that Chicago politics can be a headache, I agree with the deputy mayor. There’s no proof this works yet. No prototype chassis, or at least none that I can find. Nothing beyond a tunnel and it’s not even finished. Tesla isn’t making a profit (he just cut 3,000 people) and lord knows how SpaceX is doing financially, although the optics definitely don’t look good.
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Re: Chicago Makes Deal With Elon Musk

Unread postby PatAzo » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:52 pm

What has Chicago got to loose? The Boring Company was selected to finance, construct and operate the system. If it works Chicago gets an additional transportation system and the local economic churn from construction. If it doesn't work the local economy still sees whatever economic churn that occurs.

If you don't want to drive to O'hare don't fly from O'hare. If you have to fly from O'hare you can take the CTA and get off at O'hare (40 minutes from the loop) or take Metra (30 minutes from Union station) and take a shuttle from one of the parking lots.
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