The Boring Company submits proposal for a 10-mile-long tunnel to expand the Las Vegas Loop

The Boring Company submits proposal for a 10-mile-long tunnel to expand the Las Vegas Loop

The Boring Company was founded by Elon Musk to reduce traffic in populated cities. He envisions networks of tunnels where Autonomous Electric Vehicles (AEV) can transport passengers at high speeds through an underground transportation system called “Loop.” The company's AEV’s are made up of modified Tesla Model 3 and Model X cars. The zero-emission vehicles will shuttle passengers through tunnels at approximately 150-miles per hour - enabling a fast arrival. The first real-world shuttle project is a two-mile-long Loop system under Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). The tunneling project is almost complete and it will be operational by January 2021. The Boring Company plans to expand the LVCC Loop transportation system to other parts in Las Vegas. –“Vegas Loop will include LVCC Loop and any future service extensions including those to casinos along the Strip, McCarran International Airport, Allegiant Stadium, downtown Las Vegas, and eventually to Los Angeles. Vegas Loop will provide fast and convenient transportation to the Las Vegas community, its visitors, and beyond,” the company’s website states.

On Monday, December 14, The Boring Company submitted a proposal with the City of Las Vegas to build a 10.5-mile-long subsurface Loop shuttle system to connect the Las Vegas Strip of casino hotels, Allegiant Stadium, Downtown, with the McCarran International Airport, according to a report by the Las Vegas Review Journal. “A planned second line would transport riders around Caesars Entertainment resorts only, including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, the Linq, Bally’s, The Cromwell, Harrah’s and Planet Hollywood Resort,” the report states. The Boring Company’s expansion applications will be reviewed over the course of two Clark County Commission meetings by February 2021. The proposed tunneling project would enable individuals to travel underground aboard Tesla vehicles from the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop to Mandalay Bay area in 3 minutes – typical drive time between those areas is 30 minutes during peak traffic hours (map shown below). 

Source: The Boring Company

“The project will provide the quick, environmentally friendly and efficient movement of people within Clark County and its surroundings without disrupting activities occurring above ground,” The Boring Company said in the application submitted to Clark County. “This transportation system will provide benefits to the surrounding community by increasing the ease in which the public moves between key destinations within the greater resort corridor and beyond, while alleviating surface traffic. The project will be harmonious and compatible with existing and planned development in the area, and will provide visitors to the greater Las Vegas area with an innovative transportation system worthy of their expectations.”

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