Elon Musk’s Las Vegas Underground Transportation System Development Reaches Important Milestone

An underground transportation system being built by Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has completed construction of the second of two vehicular tunnels under the campus of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

The drill broke through the concrete wall near the 1.4 million square foot West Hall Convention Center expansion, which is currently over 80% complete, signaling the completion of excavation for the two tunnels one-way streets known as the Convention Center Loop. The West Hall expansion and Convention Center Loop are set to debut to the public in January 2021 and are part of the destination’s investment to bring fun and groundbreaking transportation solutions to the meetings and conventions industry.

“This milestone not only helps usher in the future of transportation in Las Vegas, it signals the destination’s ability to weather tough times and continue to meet the changing needs of our visitors,” said Steve Hill, CEO. and President of LVCVA. “Las Vegas continues to push the boundaries and we look forward to bringing this one-of-a-kind transportation solution to our convention attendees.”

The first commercial venture of Musk’s company, the $52.5 million project will allow convention attendees to be transported to the 200-acre campus in less than two minutes, free of charge, in all-electric Tesla vehicles. Construction is already underway at the system’s three passenger stations.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) went from board approval to completing the excavation of both tunnels (two 4,500 foot trips) in less than a year. The Underground Transportation System’s three passenger stations connect the existing 3.2 million square foot convention center to the $980 million West Hall expansion.

Bonny J. Streater