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First underground 'People Mover' gets approval for Las Vegas

Posted: 7:30 AM, May 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-23 02:34:56Z

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UPDATE MAY 22: The Las Vegas Conventional and Visitors Authority has approved a $49 million contract for the first underground tunnel transit system in Las Vegas with an expected completion date in 2021.

LVCVA CEO Steve Hill says the future tunnel could one day expand to the airport and downtown.

"Because innovation leads to a low-cost system, it can help solve congestion problems not only in the resort corridor," Hill said.

He also said tourism is crucial to the city as in 2018, 42 million people visited Las Vegas with almost 2 million attending conventions.

"Today is a day to celebrate, but it's also a day to get to work. We have 16-18 months worth of work," Hill said.

ORIGINAL STORY
Public transportation in Las Vegas could be speeding into the future starting today.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is expected to vote on May 22 on funding for an underground tunnel transit system designed and constructed by Elon Musk's The Boring Company.

RELATED: LVCVA Board of Directors approve tunnel project at convention center

Passengers would be transported by Tesla cars that would reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

13 Action News Reporter Alicia Pattillo has the latest from the Las Vegas Convention Center with why some say this could be a game changer for the valley.

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