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Musk's company to build airport express system for Chicago

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has selected Boring Company, founded by Elon Musk, to build a connecting the city's main international airport and downtown area, its announced.

will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the so-called Express Loop, a in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric vehicles running through twin underground tunnels at 125-150 miles (200-240 km) per hour, reported.

Each vehicle, build on the Model X chassis, will carry up to 16 passengers, plus their luggage, and will depart from and from the city center as frequently as every 30 seconds. A ride will take 12 minutes, three to four times faster than the existing metro system.

"Bringing Chicago's economic engines closer together will keep the city on the cutting edge of progress, create thousands of good-paying jobs and strengthen our great city for future generations," said at a joint press conference here with on Thursday.

"This transformative project will help Chicago write the next chapter in our legacy of innovation and invention," he added.

The fare is estimated at 20-25 dollars, about half the price of a taxi ride, according to

Musk, who described the project as a revolutionary one, said they will start the drilling later this year once they get the final approval from the city.

Musk and his company will raise the funds for the project, which will not cost taxpayers a single penny, the underlined.

Details of the project will be decided later through negotiations between and the City.



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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 07:12 IST