Parker Moore Quoted in Bloomberg BNA on Proposed Chicago Hyperloop Tunnel

Principal Parker Moore (Washington, DC) was quoted in a December 12 article in Bloomberg BNA titled "Elon Musk’s Chicago Tunnel Moves Closer to Reality." The article focuses on the status of The Boring Co.'s planned project to tunnel from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport.

The proposed hyperloop tunnel would whisk Chicago passengers from the city’s downtown Loop district to the airport in about 12 minutes using wheeled carriages The Boring Co. calls autonomous electric skates, which would run at up to 150 miles per hour in dedicated tunnels. The company is now midway through an environmental assessment, after which the tunneling project will go to Chicago’s city council for review. The project’s advancement through the early stages of environmental review signals brisk momentum, but CEO and founder Elon Musk has yet to get one of his several proposed tunneling initiatives beyond the concept stage and into commercial service.

"If the project proponent has a bang-up consultant team, and if they’ve got everything well thought-out, they can really streamline the agencies’ review time," Parker stated. "Simple environmental assessments, such as relatively short pipelines, can take as little as a few months, but those involving larger projects and urban areas can take a year or more."

A project to build a tunnel connecting Baltimore to Washington is also moving ahead, with Boring Co. staff and the Maryland Department of Transportation currently working on an environmental assessment.

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