Boring Company to Build $48 Million Tunnel Beneath Las Vegas

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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People laughed at Elon Musk and The Boring Company when it revealed its first test tunnels. Apparently, at least a few important people took the tunnel and its potential seriously. Because The Boring Company just won a $48 million contract to carve a series of tunnels beneath Las Vegas.

  • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) awarded The Boring Company a $48,675,000 to build three tunnels beneath its campus.
  • The deadline for completion of the project is January 2021.
  • When completed, LVCVA anticipated 4,400 passengers per hour through the tunnels.
  • In a related Twitter video, The Boring Company showed a Model 3 hitting 127 mph in one of its test tunnels.

Last week, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors announced that it voted to award The Boring Company with a $48,675,000 contract to build what it calls an underground “people mover” beneath the streets of Sin City.

Specifically, the three tunnels (two express-route tunnels for cars and one for pedestrians) will span 1.5 miles and connect the new Las Vegas Convention Center’s new exhibition center at the northwest corner and the platinum parking lot at the southeast end of the campus.

Once fully operational, LVCC anticipates the ability to accommodate 4,400 passengers per hour in the tunnels. The tunnels are also said to include video surveillance systems plus cellphone signal Wi-Fi and repeaters. LVCVA has set a January 2021 deadline for the project. So, The Boring Company will have to start digging shortly in order to hit that deadline.

LVCC underground people mover loop station interior rendering. | Photo: LVCC

 

Shortly after LVCVA announced the winning contract for the job, The Boring Company took to Twitter to compare the time saved driving through traffic with driving in one of its tunnels.

In the below Twitter video, you can see a Model 3 hit 127 miles per hour inside the company’s Hawthorne, California tunnel. Driving from one location to the other on surface streets took 4.5 minutes. The tunnel-bound Model 3 arrived in just 1.5 minutes.

Based upon that, it stands to reason that no matter if Las Vegas convention goers opt to walk or drive in one of the soon-to-be-carved tunnels, they should save at least a bit of time compared with making the terrestrial trip.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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