Las Vegas Convention & Visit Authority has recommended choosing Elon Musk's The Boring Company to build and operate a "people mover" at the Las Vegas Convention Center, says Steve Hill, LVCVA's President and CEO . If LVCVA's directors approve the move, the goal is to build The Boring Company system in time for use at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2021, Hill said. The project will be relatively small and include the conference center itself rather than transporting people across the city or to the airport – but The Boring Company can expand the tunnel system after it is built.
"I think the system is an attraction in and of itself," says Hill. LVCVA, like Hill heads, is a government agency intending to attract visitors to Las Vegas.
Boring Company will not devise specific design and construction plans before LVCVA directors vote March 1
The promise is, essentially, an underground highway that allows passengers to go directly from one station to another elsewhere in the convention center, which is a more complex version of the test tunnel that the company unveiled in December. to be used in the system yet, although Hill states that model Xs, model 3s or modified electric vehicles with a 16-person tram are under consideration. The number of stations and positions for the stations at the conference center is also not known either.
The Las Vegas Convention Center, which hosts about one million visitors each year, expands to be about a two-minute walk from one end to the other. (The distance is shorter in the amount of flies, but unfortunately, crows rarely pay to attend conferences.) The People's Carrier is supposed to make it easier for visitors to access the scattered campus. In December, LVCVA issued a request for information and received nine replies, including ideas such as trams, gondolas and monorails, as well as The Boring Company's submission. After that, the requested group submitted suggestions for the site and received six. A committee reviewed the six posts, interviewed two finalists, and recommended The Boring Company on Friday, Hill said.
This is a smaller project for The Boring Company than the proposed Chicago Express Loop, currently facing political headwinds. It is also smaller than the proposed DC to Maryland tunnels, which would run about 35 miles. "It's easier than any of our other projects," Davis says. There are also fewer landowners involved in this tunnel than in other boring ventures – here only LVCVA.
Boring Company stood out because it was cheaper than the other proposals, but also less disturbing, Hill says. Because the system is below ground, it can be built without disturbing the surface structure.
Las Vegas has shown enthusiasm for new transport technology: robot taxi, vehicle-infrastructure communication, and even self-propelled shuttle buses. If the crowd succeeds in the conference center, there may be opportunities to connect it to a larger system, Davis says. "When people come and use this system, they will like it or not, and if they like it, it's useful places to go," Davis says. Boring Company likes opportunities where there are obvious next steps – so if the LVCVA tunnel succeeds, it might make sense to connect it to the Las Vegas Strip or the local airport, Hill says. Parts of the Las Vegas Strip are already connected to the conference center using a monorail.