All Images Source: The Boring Company / Clark County Nevada
Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of Tesla and SpaceX, founded The Boring Company with the goal “to solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic” by building an underground network of high-speed transportation tunnels, known as Loop. Musk envisions a future where electric vehicles are transported into the underworld by elevators into routes where hundreds of electric vehicles will travel at high speeds on electric tracks underground. The Boring Company's first tunnel project is under construction in Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), the $52.5 million project, will be comprised of a Loop system with two 1-mile long tunnels adjacent to each other, that will connect the New Exhibit Hall [West Hall] building to the South and North/Central Hall. On May 14, the Boring Company finished excavating both tunnels that will make-up the “People Mover” transportation system.
The Loop transportation system will use Autonomous Electric Vehicles (AEV). These vehicles are composed of a modified Tesla Model 3 chassis to transport up to 16 passengers with both sitting and standing room. AEV's will transport passengers inside the tunnels at high-speeds of up to 155 miles per hour. Typical walk time between those two locations can take up to 15 minutes. The same trip across LVCC's 200-acre campus on board the underground Loop vehicles would take approximately 1 minute. According to officials, the tunnel will be capable of transporting 4,400 people per hour. The transportation system will include three connected passenger stations where people can hitch a ride.
Las Vegas Nevada’s Clark County website document that reads “CAMPUS-WIDE PEOPLE MOVER” – “Operational Layout Drawings” – features construction plan drawings, that appear to be created by The Boring Company.
The collection of illustrations reveals the layout of the “People Mover” transportation system, shown below. According to the documents, the “County of Clark Zoning Division” approved the construction on November 8, 2019. The Boring Company is actively building the underground stations.
City officials expect the LVCC transportation system to be finished and in operation by January 2021, it will be the first time the company tests out their high-speed Loop technology concept in the real world and it will be free to use for those who attend events at the convention center.
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