Boring Company will dig a tunnel in Las Vegas

    Recently, the Boring Company, founded by Ilon Mask, received permission from the board of the Las Vegas Committee on Conventions and Visits (LVCVA) to build and operate a 2-mile (3.2 km) underground tunnel that will transport people around the city’s main convention center. The committee reviewed six applications, interviewed two finalists, and ultimately chose The Boring Company.

    Options for laying the future tunnel. Source: The Boring Company

    Musk responded to Twitter's approval, saying the tunnel would be “operational by the end of the year,” even though the expansion of the conference center would not be completed until 2021, according to the LVCVA. It is not clear what types of vehicles will be used in the system: Model X / Model 3 or an autonomous electric platform with a cabin for 16 people.

    The tunnel project arose as the conference center expanded to host the Consumer Electronics Show, and in 2021 its area will be 200 acres (809 thousand sq. M.). The project may be expanded in the future to connect the center of Las Vegas, the convention center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort corridor, McCarren International Airport and much more.

    A possible extension of the route throughout Las Vegas. Source: The Boring Company

    “Las Vegas has maintained its reputation as a leading travel destination because we are driven by innovation and hospitality,” said Steve Hill, CEO and President of LVCVA. “This project is an example of how our guiding principles can create experiences that benefit our community and be valuable to visitors.”

    The Boring Company was selected by the LVCVA evaluation team last year on a competitive basis. LVCVA estimates the cost of the tunnel system at 35-55 million dollars.

    Boring Company deals exclusively with tunnels. Two years ago, Elon Musk announced that he was going to build a drilling machine for tunneling in order to transport people underground. Then, in December, Musk officially opened the first Boring Company test tunnel under SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Musk also wants to build a tunnel from the subway station to the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and a 35-mile line of double tunnels from Washington, DC, to Maryland.

    The Las Vegas transport line could very well become the first commercial venture of The Boring Company. Although the startup is involved in several high-profile projects, some of its initiatives, such as the Chicago-O'Hara transport line, have encountered political obstacles. Amid the upcoming resignation of Chicago Mayor Ram Emanuel, who strongly supported the Boring Company’s high-speed transport project, several mayoral candidates began calling for a review of the tunnel’s launch plans.

    For the Boring Company, the Las Vegas Tunnel provides a good balance of simplicity and scale. “This is easier than some of our other projects. When people start using this system we will get a valuable feedback, and if they like it, there are a huge number of places where we can build such objects. Fewer landowners are also involved in this project than other company projects - only LVCVA is here, ”said Steve Davis, president of Boring Company.

    Washington Baltimore

    The good news was that the Boring Company is one step closer to building an underground “loop” between Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland, which will be serviced by autonomous electric vehicles inside the tunnel, the Department of Transportation said.

    Scheme of the future underground track with possible entrances. Source: The Boring Company

    On Wednesday, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the environmental assessment of the project has been completed and will be available for public comment over the next 45 days with a deadline of June 10 this year. The agency will then determine if a full environmental impact assessment is required.

    A very detailed video with project details. Lots of technical details. Source: The Boring Company - project source from Boring Company

    Significantly reduced compared to the “hyper-loop”, for which Musk claimed to have received “oral government approval” almost two years ago, the “loop” would be transporting passengers between two cities through a tunnel below 12 meters underground, with autonomous electric transport moving at speeds of up to 150 mph (240 km / h) - the maximum speed of the Acela train from Amtrak, which serves the same pair of cities.

    But the Hyperloop promised by Mask NY-DC in 29 minutes, where the capsule moves through hermetic tubes with a partial vacuum at a speed of about 600 miles per hour, is still far away.

    Source , Source - here you can find the current state of the company's tunnel projects

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