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  • Charles Hayes

Las Vegas Convention Center people mover

Updated: May 28, 2020

In November, Elon Musk’s tunneling company, The Boring Co., began underground construction for a $52.5 million people mover tram system at the Las Vegas Convention Center, part of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s further renovation of the convention center. Prior to the underground work, above ground work on stations had begun.

The project is the first commercial tunneling job for The Boring Co., after the construction of an R&D tunnel in Los Angeles. The 1.5-mile long underground tunnel will reportedly move up to 4,400 passengers per hour through two tunnels. The trip will take just a few minutes, when walking could take a half hour or longer. 

In a tweet at the end of last year, Musk said the company’s tunnel will open this year, before the convention center's renovation is complete in 2021, and the tunnel is reportedly already nearing a half-mile in length. 

Musk’s startup has more ambitious goals than a people mover tram system, however, including an express system in Chicago, and possibly one underneath the Las Vegas strip.

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