Underground Work Begins on Las Vegas Convention Center Tunnel

(UC) — Elon Musk's tunneling company, The Boring Co. (TBC), has begun underground construction for a twin-tunnel loop that will house a people-moving system at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

(source: The Boring Co.)

Above-ground work on stations and stops began in October, after TBC's boring machine was assembled on site, according to Construction Dive. The people-mover project is contracted at $52.5 million and scheduled for completion in January 2021, in time for the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

LVCC Loop will connect the LVCC New Exhibit Hall with the existing campus (North/Central/South Halls). Three stations locations (see map) will offer convenient access between key LVCC destinations and nearby transportation connections.

TBC projects the tunnel loop will move 4,400 passengers per hour. Typical walk time between the New Exhibit Hall to the existing North/Central Hall can take up to 15 minutes. The same trip on LVCC Loop will take approximately 1 minute.

According to TBC's website, Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported via compatible autonomous electric vehicles (AEVs).

Future expansions to augment LVCC Loop can include service extensions to McCarran International Airport, hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown Las Vegas, Las Vegas Stadium, and, in the long term, Los Angeles

Any future expansion would be designed with similar compatible construction infrastructure and AEVs, and would provide an express connection from the expansion site to LVCC Loop stations. Loop system extensions will operate at speeds of up to 155 mph. AEVs, which will be capable of moving between the LVCC Loop and Loop system extensions, will adjust speeds upon entering the LVCC Loop system.

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