Boring Company secures tunnel contract for Las Vegas underground people mover

WCN Editorial Team 24 May 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The board of directors of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has approved a $48,675,000 (£38,303,574) contract for Elon Musk’s The Boring Company (TBC) to design and construct a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The people mover is intended to rapidly and safely carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles (EVs) via a loop of underground express-route tunnels.

LVCVA CEO and president Steve Hill said: “Las Vegas will continue to elevate the experience of our visitors with innovation, such as with this project, and by focusing on the current and future needs of our guests.”

The contract involves three underground passenger stations, a pedestrian tunnel and two vehicular tunnels with a total length of approximately one mile.

Other essential components include an elevator/escalator system for passenger access to each station; pedestrian entrances, exits, coverings from the elements and landscaping; tunnel lighting, power and video surveillance systems; control room; and cell phone, WiFi, intercom/PA, remote data and ventilation/life safety systems.

The Boring Company president Steve Davis said: “The Boring Company is excited to contribute to the future of Las Vegas, and work with leaders who have a vision for transportation.”

TBC’s contract involves an underground loop system that offers reduced total costs, less disruption to pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and faster construction time while maximising passenger and pedestrian safety.

The loop will be designed for at least 4,400 passengers per hour and will be scalable depending on attendance at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Las Vegas Convention Center has taken up an expansion programme and will cover 200 acres when complete in time for CES in January 2021.

Conventioneers walking through the facility from end to end would log 1.5 miles, which has created the need for an on-property guest transportation solution.

In 2018, Las Vegas recorded more than 42 million visitors. The Las Vegas Convention Center hosts more than 1.6 million attendees annually.

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Image: High-occupancy autonomous electric vehicle (AEV) running between exhibit halls. Photo: Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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