1st Tunnel Excavated For People-Mover Under L.V.C.C.

Completion Of Project Expected Before Next Year's C.E.S.

Associated Press
February 17, 2020 - 8:44 am
Schematic of people mover running under the LV Convention Center

The Boring Company

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Workers have completed the first of two underground tunnels for a system to whisk passengers between exhibit halls at an expanded Las Vegas Convention Center, tourism and project officials said Friday.

It took about three months, and officials say the drilling machine now will be disassembled, repositioned, reassembled and restarted for the second tunnel.

The $52.5 million people-mover is being built by billionaire Elon Musk’s company, The Boring Co. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year, in time for next January's Consumer Electronics Show.

It is designed to offer conventioneers an approximately one-minute trip in self-driving electric vehicles between three exhibit hall and parking stations.

The system is being called key to an ongoing $1.5 billion convention center expansion and renovation that includes adding a three-story, 1.4 million square-foot building across the street from the existing single-story convention center.

The parallel tunnels of about 1-mile each are expected to be operational in time for use by attendees at the annual CES trade show in January 2021. Organizers say this year’s gadget show drew more than 175,000 industry, exhibitor and media attendees.