Boring Company Looks to Expand Las Vegas-Based Underground “People Mover”
LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, the Elon Musk-owned Boring Company is looking to expand upon the so-called “people mover” underground transit system they have installed for the Las Vegas Convention Center, with the intention of extending its scope into the city’s tourism corridor.
A people mover is a type of small scale automated guideway transit – utilizing self-driving, all-electric Tesla vehicles – that service the Las Vegas convention center, originally slated to be completed in time for the January 2021 Consumer Electronics Show, before it was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, that is.
The Boring Company has submitted a special use permit application to the city of Las Vegas, as well as a land use design review to Clark County which, if approved, would account for approximately 15 miles of additional tunnels – in both directions – being constructed throughout Las Vegas. The project is said to be supported by numerous resort hotels in the downtown area.
If the Boring Company’s permits are approved, they would be able to extend the people mover throughout a proposed 50 stations, ranging from the Fremont Street Experience and Circa’s Garage Mahal to Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team. In addition, an extension servicing McCarran International Airport is also a possibility.
If approved, the people mover extension would be constructed at the cost of the Boring Company; however, Musk’s business would retain all farebox and advertising revenue generated by the system upon completion, reports say.
The Boring Company has distributed a concept map of the proposed system, showing separate northbound and southbound tunnels running beneath Las Vegas Boulevard, Main Street, Frank Sinatra Drive, Tropicana Avenue, Russell Road, Valley View Boulevard, Arville Street, Flamingo Road and Paradise Road.
Construction on the people mover officially began on November 15, 2019, and is being constructed in partnership with the LVCVA, and is slated to be completed in January 2021.
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