Elon Musk’s Boring Company Finishes the First Phase of Digging Tunnels

  • AUTHOR: isbah
  • POSTED ON: May 15, 2020

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has finally finished digging a second tunnel underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center. The tunnel is being built as a part of a $52.5 million project called people-mover as it will cater to shuttle visitors from one side of the venue to another. The first tunnel was completed in February.

Since phase one of digging is over, the employees will now focus on finishing the above-ground passenger stations that are situated on either end of the tunnels. Along with this, another underground tunnel station would be built in the center.

According to reports, the station which would be known by its official name “Convention Centre Loop” will be available for public use in January 2021. Before the pandemic hit the world, the company said that it would inaugurate the system before the Consumer Electronics Show but we don’t know if the event would take place as per its schedule.

Source: The Boring Company

The Loop has been designed to transfer to more than 4000 people per hour through the tunnels and Tesla vehicles would be used for that. So now, people would not have to walk for 15 minutes to get from one station to another and instead, reach their destinations in less than two minutes.

Steve Hill, the CEO, and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority spoke to The Verge and said that the Loop that vehicles like Model 3s, Model Xs, and a tram will be used to pack around 12 to 16 passengers on the Model 3 platform.

Even though right now it is being marketed as public transportation, Hill says that it would mainly be used for convention-goers and prospective customers. “It’s here for the benefit of the [trade] shows, so it’ll ramp up capability while [they’re] here,” he said. “Between those times, it’ll ramp way back down to a car or two available if somebody needs one.”

However, Hill also added that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) can work with similar technology and install this system in the city. “We’ve got a growing city and growing tourism base and we need all the options that are reasonably available in order to move folks, so we think all of those different options are important to maintain,” he said. “And this is just going to be one more really fun one to add to the list.”

Updated May 15, 2020
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