The Boring Company has been selected by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT), on behalf of the City of Chicago, to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an O’Hare Express service. The Chicago Express Loop will provide fast and convenient transportation between O’Hare Airport (Terminals 1-3) and Block 37 in downtown Chicago. The Boring Company aims to alleviate soul-destroying traffic by constructing safe, affordable, and environmentally-friendly public transportation systems. 

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Where would this tunnel alignment run?

The Chicago Express Loop will run between O’Hare Airport and Block 37 in downtown Chicago. The alignment map will be posted this summer. 

 

What is Loop?

Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour. Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle. See FAQ for additional information.

 

What is an electric skate? 

Electric skates are public transportation vehicles built on a modified Tesla Model X chassis. Electric skates are:

  • Safe. Electric skates are based on the Tesla Model X, recently named the first and only SUV to achieve a NHTSA 5-Star safety rating in every category and subcategory. The Chicago Express Loop's skates will be mechanically confined to a concrete track within the tunnel and operate under safety approvals issued by both federal and state agencies.
  • High-speed. Electric skates can travel at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.
  • All-electric. Electric skates are battery-powered, zero-emissions vehicles.
 
 

Why tunnels?

The benefits of subsurface transportation systems include:

  • No surface noise and vibration. Tunnel construction and operation will be silent, invisible, and imperceptible at the surface. 
  • No communities divided with lanes and barriers. TBC will not use public surface right-of- way for construction or operation of its system.
  • Comfortable and convenient for passengers. Higher speeds and straighter alignments are possible due to fewer subsurface right-of-way constraints.
  • Weatherproof. Operation is unaffected by weather.
 

Who is paying for this? 

The Boring Company. This project will be 100% privately funded.

 

How long will the trip take? 

It will take 12-minutes to travel from O’Hare to downtown. The Chicago Express Loop is three to four times faster than existing transportation systems between O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago.

 

How much would a trip cost?

The fares are not finalized but will be less than half the typical price of taxi/ride-share services, though higher than the Blue Line.

 

What are the amenities on the electric skate? 

Each electric skate features a climate controlled cabin, luggage storage space, and Wi-Fi.

 

How frequently will the electric skates leave the station?

Electric skates will leave each station as frequently as every 30 seconds. The Chicago Express Loop will operate 20 hours per day, every day of the week.

 

How can I submit feedback?

Comments, questions, and future station suggestions can be emailed to chicago@boringcompany.com.  We will expand this project page over time to reflect the questions received.