Elon Musk’s Boring Company has received unanimous approval to expand its tunnel system under downtown Las Vegas. The expansion will add stops at key points in the city, like Stratosphere and Fremont Street.
Elon Musk seems to be having a good week. Indeed, last Tuesday, SpaceX obtained approval from the American authorities to carry out launches of the enormous Starship spacecraft from its launch site, the Starbase. Two days later, the richest man in the world has just obtained authorization to extend its network of tunnels under Las Vegasin California.
The network, called Vegas Loop, is supposed to span more than 45 kilometers and count 51 stops Once finished. But for now, only sections about three kilometers long are operational under the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). However, according to the company, these already save considerable time. Indeed, these sections allow to transform journeys of more than 25 minutes into a trip lasting less than three minutes.
Vegas Loop: a considerable time saver, but quickly crowded tunnels
The system uses Tesla Model X and Y vehicles, the price of which increased last year, to transport passengers. However, feedback from those who have tried the Vegas Loop is mixed. In effect, users said they had experienced traffic jams in the tunnel, which can hold a maximum of 70 cars at a time. However, during the tests, the Vegas Loop was able to carry between 15,000 and 17,000 passengers per day.
The future expansion of the underground network brings The Boring Company closer to its ultimate goal: build a transportation system that covers the most popular destinations in Las Vegas. On Tweeter, Elon Musk’s company said: “Great discussion today, and we’re excited to build a safe, convenient, and awesome transportation system […] Thank you to the whole team of the city of Last Vegas!”
Last October, The Boring Company received approval to dig under the Las Vegas Strip, connecting passengers to various hotels, casinos and McCarran International Airport.