The board of directors of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has approved a recommendation to select Elon Musk’s The Boring Company (TBC) to design, construct and operate a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) via a loop of underground express-route tunnels.
The people mover could carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles (EVs) at high speeds.
The project will be able to connect Downtown, the LVCC, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and beyond.
LVCVA CEO and president Steve Hill said: “Las Vegas has maintained its reputation as a leading travel destination because we are driven by innovation and hospitality.
“This project is an example of how our leading principles can create an experience benefitting our community and valued visitors.”
After completion in time for CES in 2021, the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center will cover 200 acres.
Conventioneers walking through the facility from end to end will cover approximately two miles, creating the need for an on-property guest transportation solution.
The LVCC hosts more than one million attendees annually and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada carries approximately 12 million passengers per year within the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor.
The Boring Company president Steve Davis said: “Las Vegas is a high-energy, high-technology destination equipped to welcome the world, and we are excited to deliver a system that will help visitors efficiently navigate the city’s many offerings.”
TBC and LVCVA will now determine specific design, construction and operational plans and negotiate a contract for final approval by the LVCVA board at a meeting to be held by June 2019.
Under TBC’s existing proposal, the underground loop system offers reduced total costs, less disruption to pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and faster construction time.
The loop will be designed for a potential capacity of up to 11,000 passengers per hour.
The system is expected to cost between $35m and $55m depending on route, number of stations and size of stations.
LVCVA board chairman and Clark County commissioner Larry Brown said: “Las Vegas is on the cutting edge of technology and this project reflects the incredible work that’s taking shape right here in Southern Nevada.
“It’s exciting to have the Las Vegas Convention Center campus at the forefront of this historic development in our destination and we look forward to this new mass-transit solution with The Boring Company.”
Image: High-occupancy Autonomous Electric Vehicle (AEV) running between Exhibit Halls. Photo: Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.