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Las Vegas moves forward with transportation project

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has approved a $48,675,000 contract with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company (TBC) to design and construct a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center that could rapidly and safely carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles via a loop of underground express-route tunnels.

The contract includes the construction of three underground passenger stations, a pedestrian tunnel and two vehicular tunnels with an expected total length of approximately one mile, among other features. Other system components include a lift/escalator system, a fully equipped control room and video surveillance systems.

Steve Hill, CEO and president at LVCVA, 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.”

TBC’s contract calls for an underground loop system that offers reduced total costs, less disruption to pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and faster construction time than traditional at-grade or above-ground options while maximising passenger and pedestrian safety. The loop will be designed for ridership of at least 4,400 passengers per hour and is scalable depending on Las Vegas Convention Center attendance.

President of TBC 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.”

The tourism industry is a significant contributor to Southern Nevada’s economy, generating $60 billion in total economic impact, and supporting approximately 383,000 jobs and $16.4 billion in local wages. These jobs represent 30 per cent of Southern Nevada’s total workforce.

The LVCVA is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide. Las Vegas alone has nearly 150,000 hotel rooms and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibition space.

Reports show that the UK serves as the largest source of overseas non-stop flights to Las Vegas, with as many as 30 weekly flights from London, Manchester and Glasgow.