Elon Musk’s innovative Boring Company is developing an underground “people mover” loop system in Las Vegas that’s set to be finished by next January. It will be used to move more than 4,000 people through the tunnels, allowing them to go from venue to venue in a fraction of the walking or driving time.
The idea behind it was to relieve congested convention traffic and provide Las Vegas visitors with a more convenient way to travel between the Convention Center and different resorts.
The $52.5 million-project recently completed its first phase in May, which involved digging a second tunnel underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center, the hub of where the system will live. The first tunnel was dug in February.
The next phase of the first-of-its-kind project will involve completing the above-ground passenger stations on both sides of the tunnel. The loop system is formerly being called the “Convention Center Loop,” and hopes to break ground in time for next year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
It will be Boring Company’s first commercial transportation project. A variety of Tesla vehicles will move people through the tunnels in a matter of minutes, versus them making a cross-campus walk that would take around 15 minutes.
The Loop is mainly meant to serve convention-goers and be a benefit for trade shows, rather than stand as a public transportation system, and it will be a free service.
Wynn Resorts and Resorts World Want in On the Loop System
Both Wynn Resorts and Resorts World, which is still under development, are seeking county approval to get linked up to the Convention Center Loop.
Wynn Resorts and Encore are the closest resorts to the Convention Center, so getting approval to get connected to the station would be ideal. If approved, travelers could get from the Convention Center to Wynn Resorts and Resorts World in just a couple of minutes.
According to Scott Sibella, president of Resorts World Las Vegas, getting linked would remove Convention guests’ worries or making the long walk back to their resort or getting stuck in gridlock traffic.
The transportation system would allow them to easily leave the Convention Center for lunch, meetings, appointments, or sightseeing, and get them back quickly. It’s a win-win on both ends.
Loop Could Possibly Even Link to Allegiant Stadium Next Year, Too
Allegiant Stadium, which is set to be completed by the end of July 2020, could also possibly link to the Loop next year.
According to Steve Hill, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO, the Convention Center and the $2 billion-dollar stadium could be linked as early as the start of the 2021 NFL season.
This would make a be a convenient solution for stadium-goers to make it to and from the stadium, since the stadium is located on the very south end of the Strip, past Mandalay Bay.
There is no estimate on how much it would cost to link the two properties, but passengers riding between these two locations would be charged a fee.