The Boring Company begins tunnelling for LVCC people mover project in US

WCN Editorial Team 18 Nov 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company (TBC) has started work on the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) underground people mover to transport convention attendees throughout the 200-acre campus in Las Vegas, US.

The $52.5m underground people mover project is TBC’s first commercial endeavour, which will include three passenger stations connecting the existing 3.2mft² of convention space with the LVCC’s new 1.4mft² West Hall currently under construction. The project is part of a $1.52bn expansion and renovation.

The new transportation system will allow convention attendees to be moved across the campus in just over one minute, free-of-charge, in all-electric Tesla vehicles, capable of holding between three and 16 people.

Other essential components in the system include an elevator/escalator system for passenger access to each station, pedestrian entrances and exits, tunnel lighting, power and video surveillance systems, a fully equipped control room, along with cell phone, WiFi, intercom/PA, remote data and ventilation/life safety systems.

The system has been designed to transport at least 4,400 passengers per hour and can be scaled up depending on convention attendance.

A boring machine, which is currently 40ft below the ground, has been turned on. The machine is claimed to carve out 100ft per day. With planned upgrades, TBC hopes to increase the pace during the LVCC underground people mover’s development.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Steve Hill said: “This is truly a significant occasion for Las Vegas. Our collaboration with The Boring Company continues to elevate the innovative experiences we offer our visitors and will ensure that our expanded convention facilities are among the most tech-forward in the world.

“We took the concept of utilizing the underground people mover from an idea on paper to tunneling in less than a year, demonstrating our board’s willingness to embrace bold, new ideas with the potential to change the face of transportation in Southern Nevada and beyond.”

The project is expected to be completed in January 2021 and will include two vehicular tunnels with a total length of about one mile each.

The Boring Company president Steve Davis said: “Less than one year ago, this project was just an idea on paper; today, we’re ready to begin tunneling.

“Thanks to our partners at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for the opportunity to build our first commercial project here. We are excited about the future of Loop transportation in Las Vegas.”

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Image: Rendering of the Underground People Mover project at LVCC. Photo: Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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