By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer
The bustling city of Chicago and its O’Hare International Airport will see new changes to the city’s transportation service and infrastructure, and Tesla Inc. founder Elon Musk wants to help make those changes. The Chicago Infrastructure Trust and the City of Chicago has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the O’Hare Express System to improve transportation between O’Hare and downtown Chicago.
Musk recently expressed interest in building and operating a high-speed loop from the airport to downtown through an underground transit system. The entrepreneur said he plans on competing for the contract as the RFQ due date of January 20, 2018 approaches.
Plans to build an express rail service between the airport and downtown have been in the making for some time, according to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley envisioned his own express rail service in the early-mid 2000s, but plans failed following the worldwide economic collapse.
“The newly revealed request for ideas states there would be no taxpayer funding for the designing, building and maintaining of the system, and that the service would be paid for by project-specific revenues, such as fares and advertising, and financed by whomever lands the job,” writes Chicago Tribune writer John Byrne.
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