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Las Vegas Approves $48.6 Million Boring Company Tunnel

May 23rd 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Advanced Transport
The Boring Company

What Happens Underground…

On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) approved a $48.6 million Boring Company contract to build the LVCC Loop, an underground tunnel system that will connect the Las Vegas Convention Center’s (LVCC) New Exhibit Hall with the existing campus.

The project is expected to be finished by January 2021 — a deadline that will likely make Las Vegas home to the Boring Company’s first commercial tunnel.

Tunnel Talk

According to an LVCVA press release, the LVCC Loop will comprise a pedestrian tunnel, three underground passenger stations, and two tunnels through which autonomous electric vehicles (AEVs) will transport passengers at speeds up to 249 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour).

The system is expected to cut what would be a 15-minute walk down to an approximately one-minute-long ride.

“Las Vegas will continue to elevate the experience of our visitors with innovation, such as with this project, and by focusing on the current and future needs of our guests,” LVCVA President Steve Hill said in a press release.

Best Bet

The Boring Company does have several other tunnel projects in development — there’s one in Chicago, another in Los Angeles, and a third that could connect Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

However, none are as far along as the LVCC Loop, meaning the same state that’s home to Tesla’s first Gigafactory could also be home to the Boring Company’s first tunnel.

READ MORE: Las Vegas approves a $48.6 million contract with Elon Musk’s Boring Company [The Verge]

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