Elon Musk’s Boring Company has received unanimous approval to expand its tunnel system under downtown Las Vegas. The expansion adds stops at landmarks such as the Stratosphere and Fremont Street, allowing customers to hop aboard a Tesla and travel from one part of the city to another.
The network of tunnels, called the Vegas Loop, would span 29 miles and have 51 stops when complete. But for now, there are only 2.7 miles of tunnels under the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), turning a 25-minute walk through the convention center into a two-minute drive. The system uses Model X and Y human-operated vehicles to carry passengers, despite Musk’s previous statements about using sleds to transport cars through the tunnels.
This year’s CES attendees got to try out the tunnel under the LVCC for themselves, and some riders weren’t too impressed. Although it was reportedly less crowded than walking the floors of the convention center, riders said they experienced traffic congestion in the tunnel, which is a up to 70 cars at a time† The system carried between 15,000 and 17,000 passengers each day from CES.
This most recent expansion brings The Boring Company closer to its goal of building a transportation system that spans the most popular destinations in Las Vegas. “Thanks to the entire City of Last Vegas team!” The boring company wrote on Twitter in response to the city’s approval. “Great discussion today and TBC is excited to build a safe, convenient and great transportation system in the city.”
Last October, The Boring Company was granted permission to dig under the Las Vegas Strip, allowing passengers to connect to several hotels, casinos and the McCarran International Airport. The Boring Company began digging under the hot spots earlier this year, as seen in a video of progress on Twitter†
According to the Las Vegas Review JournalSteve Hill, the president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, expects the tunnel system under the Strip to begin serving customers in 2023. Hill says the section connecting the LVCC and Resorts World should be operational by the end of this year.