The Boring Company Finished Excavating Las Vegas TunnelFebruary 16, 2020 0 By Looper
Elon Musk’s company has just announced that they have completed excavating the first Las Vegas tunnel.
— The Boring Company (@boringcompany) February 14, 2020
We’ve previously informed you about Musk’s tweet concerning the tunnel here. This is the first of the two tunnels that are planned to be used for the underground loop system in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), as the official destination marketing organization of Southern Nevada, has the Boring Company working on this underground construction for them. The purpose of the project is to develop the LVCC loop (where LVCC stands for The Las Vegas Convention Center), which is a high-speed underground public transportation system. It uses autonomous electric vehicles (AEVs) at up to 155 miles per hour (around 250 kilometres per hour) to transport the passengers. This system could cost up to $52.5 million and LVCVA is spending $1.5 billion in total on the expansion of its facilities.
The tunnel is nearly one mile-long (about 1.6 kilometres) and it is placed 40 feet (around 12 metres) underground. The company spent three months digging it. According to LVCVA, this project is due to debut in January 2021 and it has been estimated that AEVs would be able to transport even up to 4.400 people per hour.
If this one goes well, The Boring Company will proceed with their other projects that could connect the McCarran International Airport, downtown Las Vegas, the Vegas strip and more. The overall idea is to connect Las Vegas with Los Angeles but right now the crew has to disassemble their excavator and move it to the next area where it’s scheduled to dig the second tunnel.
The tunnels in general are quite an interesting investment. Even though this particular one will only be used on the LVCC campus, the system is promising and could contribute to reducing traffic congestion in the future.
The other benefits of subsurface transportation systems include silent construction and operation that would be imperceptible at the surface. This system will not have any communities divided with lanes and barriers and, what is more, it will not be limited with many of the common constraints that are a big factor when building routes on the surface. Another advantage of tunnels is their ability to stay operational regardless of the weather conditions.
This particular tunnel will serve as the first and only underground transportation solution for moving visitors throughout Las Vegas Convention Center. The Loop will provide fast and convenient transportation for convention and trade show attendees across the LVCC campus.