Alderman has “a lot of questions” about Elon Musk’s plan for O’Hare tunnel

Gilbert Villegas got a test ride Tuesday on the Tesla founder’s high-speed tunnel in LA

Chicago /
Dec.December 19, 2018 03:00 PM

Gilbert Villegas and Elon Musk (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

One of the Chicago aldermen who took a ride in Elon Musk’s high-speed transportation tunnel in Los Angeles said the experience left him with “a lot of questions” about plans for a similar project in Chicago.

Gilbert Villegas was part of the Chicago entourage that got to ride in the Tesla founder’s Hawthorne test tunnel Tuesday night. He said his trip was comfortable but “a little bumpy,” and he has concerns about how the O’Hare project will be financed and how vibrations from the digging could affect homeowners along the route.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Musk in June announced plans for a high-speed underground tunnel between downtown and O’Hare Airport.

Musk has said his Boring Company can dig the 17-mile passageway and start carrying passengers in a few years for $1 billion. Emanuel has remained committed to the project, even though he leaves office in a few months. [Chicago Tribune] — John O’Brien


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Fritz Kaegi (iStock)
Chicago Assessor Kaegi wins primary, fending off trade union challenge
Chicago Assessor Kaegi wins primary, fending off trade union challenge
The John Buck Company's chairman and CEO John A. Buck II in front of a rendering of the planned two-tower office building project at 655 West Madison Street (The John Buck Company, Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects, iStock)
John Buck shifts to two-tower plan for West Loop project
John Buck shifts to two-tower plan for West Loop project
977 Forest Avenue, Glencoe, IL (AtProperties)
Six-bedroom mansion may become Glencoe’s second-priciest listing
Six-bedroom mansion may become Glencoe’s second-priciest listing
1134 Taylorsport Lane (Redfin, JS Eckert)
Life’s a beach at these five Chicago-area lakeside homes
Life’s a beach at these five Chicago-area lakeside homes
Belgravia Group's chairman Alan D. Lev and 1319 East Golf Road in Schaumburg (Belgravia Group, Google Maps, iStock)
Belgravia cashes out of Chicago PGA store with $19M pandemic flip
Belgravia cashes out of Chicago PGA store with $19M pandemic flip
1919 N Dayton St, Chicago (Zillow)
Lincoln Park mansion sale underscores strength of Chicago luxury market
Lincoln Park mansion sale underscores strength of Chicago luxury market
311 W Walton Street (LoopNet)
River North office building triples in value since 2014
River North office building triples in value since 2014
Ken Griffin and No. 9 Walton (Getty Images, Gold Coast Realty Chicago, iStock/Photo Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal)
What’s next for Ken Griffin’s unfinished $58M Gold Coast penthouse?
What’s next for Ken Griffin’s unfinished $58M Gold Coast penthouse?
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...