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Musk tunnel system to debut at World of Concrete

By |  April 23, 2021
World of Concrete attendees will be able to experience the new Vegas Loop. Photo: Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

World of Concrete attendees will be able to experience the new Vegas Loop. Photo: Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA) recently provided a first look inside Elon Musk’s innovative underground transportation system located beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center campus.

The first-of-its-kind transportation solution, named the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, is operational and will be available when the Las Vegas Convention Center hosts its next major convention – World of Concrete – in June 2021.

According to LVCVA, the $52.5 million system will serve as a fun and quick way to move convention attendees throughout the 200-plus-acre campus – all 40 ft. beneath the ground in all-electric Tesla vehicles.

Additionally, plans were announced to develop an expanded system throughout the resort corridor, known as the Vegas Loop. This will ease traffic congestion and offer a new transportation option for visitors from as far north as Downtown Las Vegas, throughout the Strip and as far south as Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium.

“We are excited to have partnered with Elon’s company to bring this transportation ‘first’ to our valued convention customers,” says Steve Hill, LVCVA president and CEO. “The expanded Loop system, when developed, will be a game-changer and a new ‘must experience’ attraction for our visitors.”

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Two one-way, 0.8-mile vehicular tunnels and three passenger stations were constructed to connect the existing convention center campus to the 1.4 million-sq.-ft. West Hall expansion. The system will allow up to 4,400 convention attendees per hour to be whisked across the campus in just under two minutes – free of charge.

According to LVCVA, the walk would take about 25 minutes. Now, passengers will be carried in all-electric Tesla vehicles to their destination. Vehicles have the capacity to go 150 mph but will travel at 35 to 40 mph due to the short distance of the tunnels.

The system will be staffed with drivers initially, with the plan to operate them autonomously in the future.

“We’re grateful to LVCVA and all local stakeholders for providing us the opportunity to construct our first commercial project in one of the world’s most dynamic destinations,” says Steve Davis, president of The Boring Company.  “We are proud to have developed and delivered an exciting transportation solution to the Las Vegas Convention Center.”

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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