The Boring Company Might Gain Approval To Build A High-Speed Tunnel System In Las Vegas

By Amit Chowdhry ● March 6, 2019

The Boring Company, a tunnel construction company founded by Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, has received support from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) to potentially build an underground tunnel in Las Vegas. If the board of directors approves the decision on March 12, then The Boring Company could connect downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Convention Center, McCarran International Airport, and several other areas around the city.

SpaceX initially ran The Boring Company as a subsidiary in 2017, but then the tunnel company became a separate and fully independent company about a year later. The Boring Company uses tunnel boring machines to craft the tunnels. And autonomous vehicles carrying passengers are transported through the tunnels without having to worry about traffic jams.

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“The selection of The Boring Company for the Las Vegas Convention Center’s on-property, guest transportation solution leads the way to the evolution of transportation overall in Southern Nevada,” said Steve Hill, President & COO at Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, in a statement. “Our destination thrives on innovation and reinvention and The Boring Company’s concept allows us to continue providing the world-class experience our guests and clients have come to expect and move people in an efficient and cost-effective manner with advanced technology.”

The Las Vegas Convention Center is undergoing expansion where it will span 200 acres when complete in time for CES in 2021. And conventioneers walking the facility will log approximately two miles from end-to-end, which creates the need for an on-property guest transportation solution. Last year, the city of Las Vegas had more than 42 million visitors. And the Las Vegas Convention Center hosts more than 1 million convention attendees annually. Plus the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada carries approximately 12 million passengers per year within the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor.

“We are excited to work with the LVCVA to provide a world-class mass transit system in Las Vegas,” added The Boring Company president Steven Davis. “Upon approval, it can be in use by Las Vegas Convention Center guests within one year, supporting the LVCVA’s expansion timeline.”

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The Boring Company’s current projects include an R&D Test Tunnel in Hawthorne, California. And the R&D Test Tunnel is a fully operational 1.14-mile Loop system that cost less than $10 million per mile including internal tunnel infrastructure. Here is a demo of how it works:

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