February 15 (UPI) — The Boring Company, a tunnel-digging company owned by technology tycoon Elon Musk, announced friday that its first commercial tunnel underground at the Las Vegas Convention Center Park, about 1,600 meters long, was completed,media reported.
Figure 1: The completion of the first commercial tunnel in Las Vegas under construction by Musk’s tunnelling company
Since the start of the project in Las Vegas on November 15, 2019, The Boring Company’s tunneling machine has drilled a nearly 1,600-meter-long tunnel at a record rate, breaking through its destination, near the concrete wall on the West Conference Hall. The wall is currently under construction.
This will mark the first half of The Boring Company’s high-speed transportation system in Las Vegas, which aims to give attendees free rides on all-electric Tesla cars and pass through the Las Vegas Convention and Exhibition Park in more than a minute. Tesla aims to complete the LVCC Loop system at the Las Vegas Convention Center by CES next year.
When the first commercial tunnel underground is completed, The Boring Company’s tunnel excavators will be removed from the western end of the West Hall and transported by vehicle to the eastern end of the East Hall. This completes the completion of the second tunnel, which will mark the completion of the LVCC Loop transport line. After that, the tunnel will begin to be renovated to support the Boring Company’s transport pods, which will transport passengers from one end of the LVCC to the other.
The Las Vegas underground tunnel will be The Boring Company’s first major commercial project. Prior to LVCC Loop, the tunnel start-up had completed only a proof-of-concept tunnel in Hawthorne, California, which included the use of tesla Model X SUVs to transport passengers from one end to the other. The Las Vegas tunnel system is ready to use another means of transportation to transport passengers. The line will reportedly use self-driving cars that can hold up to 16 people.
Figure 2: Las Vegas LVCC Loop Built Rendering
While The Boring Company’s transport ation tunnel in Las Vegas is going well, the perception of the project is polarizing. Richard N. Velotta, a journalist who has been tracking the project’s progress, said in a statement that public opinion is now complex. “What I find most interesting is that those who oppose the tunnel project are firmly opposed, and those who support it are passionate, and there are no centrists here,” he said. “
Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, one of the critics of LVCC Loop, believes that The Boring Company and its technology are largely untested and therefore risky. However, it is important to note that the company’s contract contains certain provisions to ensure that the Boring Company will be held liable if the system does not function properly.
On the other hand, the project also has many enthusiastic supporters. “Both Musk and his tunneling company have a lot of enthusiastic supporters,” Velota said. Las Vegas, they point out, is always risking big risks to get a big reward. This project is a typical example. “
LVCC Loop is an innovative, fun and fast transportation solution to transport thousands of attendees across the Convention and Exhibition Center campus and is likely to expand in the near future to ease congestion throughout the Las Vegas resort corridor. The Boring Company’s first commercial plan is to deliver 4,400 attendees per hour and is scheduled to be unveiled to the public in January 2021.
“This is an important milestone for transportation in the future,” said Steve Hill, chief executive and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Las Vegas is proud to be the first and only destination to offer underground transportation solutions to visitors. “
The $52.5 million underground transportation system will include three passenger terminals that will connect the existing nearly 300,000 square meters of conference space to the conference center’s new West Hall as part of a $1.52 billion expansion and renovation. The system will allow attendees to ride free of charge in all-electric Tesla cars and quickly walk through the sprawling convention park in more than a minute.