Elon Musk’s Boring company dug a second tunnel underground at the Las Vegas Convention Center after the first tunnel was completed in February,media reported. This marks the end of the first phase of the $52.5 million Pedestrian Transport System. The system will transport visitors from one side of the venue to the other.
Next, workers will shift their focus to the construction of the ground passenger station at the two tunnel terminals and the third underground site in the middle of the transportation system. The “pedestrian transport system” — officially known as The Convention Center Loop — is scheduled to open to the public at the next CES in January 2020.
When the work is completed, the pedestrian transportation system will be Boring’s first commercial transportation project in operation, having previously built only a tunnel near SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
It is understood that Loop is expected to carry more than 4,000 people in the tunnel through Tesla cars per hour, usually taking at least 15 minutes of cross-campus walking after using the system in less than two minutes.
According to Steve Hill, CEO and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Tourism Authority (LVCVA), the Loop will use model 3 and Model X models, with the Model 3 platform to accommodate between 12 and 16 passengers. The cars will eventually be autonomous lying in the tunnel, but initially there will be human drivers involved.
Hill also said the project has so far not been affected by the new coronavirus pandemic. But he said LVCVA and Boting would wait until the next trade show opened to the public if CES was cancelled or postponed in 2021.
In Hill’s view, Loop is not really public transport, but rather a convenience for attendees and potential customers. In response, Hill points out, this means that LVCVA believes that the $52.5 million it has invested so far in the project — of which $48.6 million went to Boring — is a sinking cost. “It was set up for the benefit of the (trade) show, so it will improve transport capacity when it comes here. “”
Hill said LVCVA and Boring will use the time between tunnel completion and opening to the public to test the technology.