Las Vegas Convention Center interested in Musk’s Loop System

Las Vegas Convention Center interested in Musk’s Loop System

March 7, 2019 0 By The Tubist

After successful demonstration of the tunnel prototype in Hawthorne and interest from CERN, The Boring Company found a new potential customer.

“Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has recommended selecting Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to build and operate a “people mover” at Las Vegas convention center” says Steve Hill, LVCVA’s President and CEO.

The Las Vegas convention Center where Consumer Electronics Show is set to again take place in January 2021 was looking for means to move people between different exhibition halls. Few different applications where submitted using technologies light rail or monorail. At the end only two companies prevailed out of which the TBC submission was chosen. At the moment, the LVCVA’s directors’ approval is needed.

The plan is to start with a relatively small project of transporting people across the convention center, but with a potential of expanding the tunnel in the next stages. It’s way smaller comparing to other Musk’s plans, like Chicago Express Loop or Mineta Airport, not only because of the scale of the project but also reduced number of landowners.

“I think the system is an attraction in and of itself,” Hill says.

On the 12th of March, the directors of the LVCVA will vote, and the Boring Company won’t make any move, construction plan or specific design until then. In accordance with the LVCVA press release, rough cost estimates are between $30 million and $55 million with a one-year construction time for the whole project.

As usual, the proposed solution is an underground system that allows passengers to go directly from their station to another one, this time in the convention center. Due to many stations, It is a more ambitious and complicated project than the current test tunnel in Hawthorne. It’s not yet specified what kind of vehicles will be used in the system – Model Xs, Model 3s, or modified electric, 16-person people movers. The number of stations and positions for the stations at the convention center isn’t known yet either but the map below shows an early proposal:

Ideas like trams, gondolas, and monorails were all competition to the Boring Company’s application in response to LVCVA December’s request. The costs of The Boring Company’s proposal were “considerably cheaper” than the other options the LVCVA considered. Additionally, going below the ground was also seen as a major competitive advantage.