Elon Musk's high-speed Chicago tunnel proposal makes no sense

Posted On: Jun 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Elon Musk's high-speed Chicago tunnel proposal makes no sense

Elon Musk's Boring Company has won a bid to build a high-speed link between downtown Chicago and the city's airport.
The proposal makes little sense.
One of its flaws is its low capacity - as described, it can hold much fewer passengers than a New York City subway line.
The Chicago Tribune reports Mayor Rahm Emanuel has selected a bid from Elon Musk's Boring Company to build a high-speed link between downtown Chicago and O'Hare Airport. Autonomous vehicles are supposed to make the trip in just 12 minutes, at over 100 miles per hour.
It sounds cool, but the proposal as described makes very little sense.
The Tribune says the project "would be able to handle nearly 2,000 passengers per hour in each direction." This is not a high capacity. You can fit 2,000 passengers on a single, crowded New York City subway train - and a subway line can handle 24 of those trains per hour. Even assuming a more comfortable subway load of 1,000 passengers per train, this system would have 1/12 the capacity of a subway line.
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