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LVCVA Approves Funding For Underground "People-Mover"

Mayor Goodman Casts Lone "No" Vote

May 23, 2019 - 6:22 am

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - On Wednesday the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority gave near-unanimous approval to construction of an underground people-mover that will be built beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The $49 million project will be done by the Boring Company, a company run by Tesla founder Elon Musk. Planners say though each car would carry a maximum of only 16 people, they would run with such efficiency that thousands could be transported back and forth every hour

The first loop of the people-mover will run underneath the current convention center and extend to the convention center expansion that’s currently under construction on the grounds of the old Riviera Hotel, a distance of about 1 mile. It’s hoped that the initial loop will be done in time for the Consumer Electronics Show in 2021. Plans call for an eventual link between the convention center and McCarran International Airport

The lone dissenting vote for the project was cast by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who has been on record as supporting a competing proposal from and Austrian company.