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LVCVA Board of Directors approve tunnel project at convention center

Posted at 8:27 AM, Mar 06, 2019

UPDATE MARCH 12 11:35 A.M.: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors voted to move forward with plans of an underground people mover to be designed and constructed by Elon Musk's The Boring Company.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - People visiting the Las Vegas Convention Center may be able to get around the center easier and quicker via an underground people mover in the near future.

Wednesday, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced a recommendation to select Elon Musk's The Boring Company to design, construct and operate the people mover and underground express-route tunnels.

Upon approval by the LVCVA's Board of Directors, the project would be another first for Las Vegas. The project will cost between $35 and $55 million.

Currently, during an expansion, the Las Vegas Convention Center will span 200 acres when complete in time for CES in 2021.

Conventioneers walking the facility will log approximately two miles from end-to-end, hence the need for an on-property guest transportation solution.

The first phase calls for a 1.14-mile loop at the convention center with the center route complete by late 2020.

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

"We see it as a great option for moving people, high capacity, very quick, very easy, and affordable.It's an affordable option for the destination as well," said LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill.

In the future, tunnels could connect downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran International Airport and beyond.