$75 Million Boring Airport Tunnel Gets Approval Versus $1.5 Billion Light Rail Extension

A San Bernardino County transportation agency voted Wednesday, June 3, for a Elon Musk’s The Boring Co. proposal for a high-speed tunnel linking Rancho Cucamonga with Ontario International Airport.

The Boring Company proposal would build a 2.8-mile tunnel, 14 feet in diameter and about 35 feet underground. It would take passengers in electric vehicles with rubber tires traveling up to 127 mph to and from the airport. Each ride would take about 90 seconds to two minutes.

Boring Company and Tesla are develop electric vans for up to 12 people and their luggage. The tunnel system would be able to move 1,200 people per day, or 10 million-plus per year.

The Ontario Airport Loop project has a cost range of between $45 million and $60 million, said Carrie Schindler, SBCTA director of transit and rail. Total cost will be about $75 million when adding an operations center, management services and paying operators prevailing wages, Schindler said.

This is 15 times less than a $1- to $1.5-billion light-rail extension from Pomona and could be built in three to four years rather than the 10 years it would take to extend the light-rail.

SOURCES- Mercury News, Boring Company
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com