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Boring Co.'s Chicago Deal Shows We Haven't Yet Hit Peak Musk

Alan Ohnsman

A rendering of the O'Hare International Airport station for the proposed high-speed transit line Musk's company aims to build. Chicago’s plan to let Elon Musk’s Boring Co. have a crack at building a high-speed, subterranean transportation line to whisk passengers between the city’s center and O’Hare International Airport is a coup for the fledgling infrastructure firm and speaks volumes about confidence in its billionaire founder—who hasn’t actually built such a system before. The project includes drilling tunnels from Chicago’s Loop to the airport in which autonomous electric pods, built by Tesla and derived from its Model X crossover platform, would carry up to 16 passengers each and travel at up to 150 miles per hour.