The Boring Company’s Chicago project seems awfully cheap for something so big


The Boring Company scored a surprise victory in Chicago today with the announcement that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had selected Elon Musk‘s tunneling venture to design, build, and operate a rapid transit link between O’Hare International Airport and the city’s central business district. Even more surprising: Emanuel is adamant that the project will require no taxpayer money. The Boring Company has promised to pay for it.

The project will cost less than $1 billion, sources told the Chicago Tribune. But the civil engineers, infrastructure executives, and mass transit experts we spoke to are extremely skeptical of that figure.

Musk has said tunnels are the only way to “solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic.” And his promise to dig these…

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