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Elon Musk’s Tesla tunnel system in Las Vegas first look

Elon Musk‘s underground Tesla transportation system beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center has been unveiled ahead of its launch in June 2021.

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) shared a first look at the transportation system, which is located beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

Known as the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, the transportation solution is operational and will be available when LVCC launches its first major convention in June 2021.

The $52.5 million system will speedily transport convention guests via one-way tunnels across the 200-acre campus in all-electric Tesla vehicles.

“We are excited to have partnered with Elon’s company to bring this transportation ‘first’ to our valued convention customers,” said Steve Hill, president and CEO of LVCVA.

$52.5m transportation system

elon musk underground tesla tunnel las vegas

The Boring Company also plans to build an expanded system throughout the resort corridor, known as the Vegas Loop, to limit traffic congestion in the area.

“The expanded Loop system, when developed, will be a game-changer and a new ‘must experience’ attraction for our visitors,” added Hill.

The Las Vegas Convention Center Loop will enable up to 4,400 convention visitors per hour to travel across the campus in under two minutes, free of charge, in Tesla vehicles.

These vehicles can reach speeds of up to 150mph, but will only travel at between 35mph and 40mph in the Las Vegas tunnels. To begin with, the system will be staffed with drivers.

Tesla vehicles with drivers

“We’re grateful to LVCVA and all local stakeholders for providing us the opportunity to construct our first commercial project in one of the world’s most dynamic destinations,” said Steve Davis, president of the Boring Company.  

“We are proud to have developed and delivered an exciting transportation solution to the Las Vegas Convention Center,” he added.

The underground transportation system is the brainchild of Elon Musk, who hopes to reduce traffic gridlock. LVCVA announced its support for the Loop back in 2019.

Meanwhile, Musk’s Neuralink has implanted a wireless chip into a “totally happy” monkey’s brain, letting him “play video games using his mind”.

The Boring Company underground tunnels

Virgin Hyperloop previously trialled its first journey with passengers in a Hyperloop pod, making transportation history in the Nevada desert.

Images: The Boring Company

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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