Musk-owned firm recommended to build Las Vegas transit system

Musk-owned firm recommended to build Las Vegas transit system
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Las Vegas’s tourism agency announced Wednesday that it has recommended Elon Musk's tunnel construction company, The Boring Company, to build an underground tunnel transportation system.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) said that the project, which would carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speed, will be sent to the agency's board of directors for approval on March 12.

“The selection of The Boring Company for the Las Vegas Convention Center’s on-property, guest transportation solution leads the way to the evolution of transportation overall in Southern Nevada,” LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill said in a statement.

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“Our destination thrives on innovation and reinvention and The Boring Company’s concept allows us to continue providing the world-class experience our guests and clients have come to expect and move people in an efficient and cost-effective manner with advanced technology.”

If approved, the just more than a mile-long system would debut in 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The proposed project is estimated to cost between $35 million and $55 million.

In December, Musk unveiled his first underground tunnel in Los Angeles as a trial, but skepticism over the concept remains.

The Boring Company in November canceled plans to build a tunnel on Los Angeles's west side but said that it would move forward with plans to build one near Dodger Stadium.

Boring was selected to build a tunnel under Chicago, but that plan appears to be stalled since neither mayoral candidate approves of the plans announced in June.