Elon Musk’s Boring Company could strike a deal to build and operate a “people movement” for the Las Vegas Convention Center that will theoretically transport people in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds in a loop of underground tunnels.
Not done yet. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has recommended that boring company be selected. The LVCVA board will vote to approve the recommendation on March 12.
The initial design would focus on the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is currently in the midst of an expansion that is expected to be complete in time for CES 2021. The recently expanded Las Vegas Convention Center will span around 200 acres once completed. The LVCVA estimates that people walking in the facility will travel two miles from one end to the other, a distance that prompted officials to find a transportation solution.
The initial phase of the Boring Company system could be in use by guests of the Las Vegas Convention Center within a year, said company president Steve Davis.
The project could one day connect downtown, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Corridor, and McCarran International Airport.
LVCVA began the process in 2018 with a request for information and an official request for proposal, RFP. Interviews with qualified respondents were conducted by an evaluation team that determined the recommended company, according to LVCVA. The evaluation team was comprised of representatives from the LVCVA, private organizations, including a Las Vegas resort property, and consultants in transportation systems, and automated construction industries and people-on-the-go operations, the agency said.
In December, The Boring Company showcased a 1.14-mile test tunnel in the city of Hawthorne to demonstrate Musk’s vision for a low-cost network of tunnels that could be used for transportation, utilities or water and built for millions of dollars, or even billions. , less than those built for subways or trains.
The test tunnel was built for $ 10 million using a modified drilling machine called Godot. (That $ 10 million figure includes the cost of building the tunnel, all internal infrastructure, lighting, communications and video, security systems, ventilation and track, according to the company.)
Some cities, including Chicago and now Las Vegas, have taken an interest in The Boring Company. In Los Angeles, however, there has been resistance. The Boring Company announced in November that It would abandon plans to excavate a massive tunnel under Los Angeles’ 405 Freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard after local lawsuits threatened to paralyze the project.
The Boring Company had attempted to speed up the proposed 2.7-mile tunnel, and a couple of city council members agreed.