Story at a glance

  • The tunnel system will move people around the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  • The project broke ground in November and is about 50 percent done.
  • The loop will be extended to popular Las Vegas spots.

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company is currently constructing an underground electric transport system to move people around the Las Vegas Convention Center, and it’s nearly halfway done. 

The Boring Company broke ground on the $52.5 million loop system project in November. In just two months, it is about 50 percent complete and around six football fields in length, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Once the project is done, it will consist of two 1-mile tunnels that will use electric vehicles to transport at least 4,400 passengers per hour around the convention center. 

The project is expected to be extended to connect the convention center to popular Las Vegas hot spots on the strip, as well as to the McCarran International Airport. 

CEO and founder Elon Musk has been working on underground tunnel travel as a way to move people and freight around more efficiently, with a private tunnel completed for Tesla in Los Angeles. But the Las Vegas tunnel will be the first commercial, publicly available system the Boring Company will finish. 

Other projects on The Boring Company’s list include a proposed loop running from downtown Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, a loop to get to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and another loop in downtown Chicago. 

The loop system in Las Vegas is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Published on Jan 17, 2020