This week a company owned by Elon Musk achieved a significant milestone on a Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) project.
On Thursday, the Boring Company finished construction work on the second and final LVCC Loop tunnel, an underground transportation system intended to shuttle tourists to convention centres around the campus. Video captured the actual breakthrough and shared on social media.
Work on the project began in November, and in February crews ended boring the first tunnel.
“No matter the barrier, Vegas doesn’t stop,” the LVCVA tweeted.
The Loop is planned to be a mass-transit network with high speeds. It could take as long as 15 minutes to walk between the current exhibit hall of the centre and the North / Central Hall. It should take about a minute with the Loop.
Tesla, another Musk company’s self-driving electric vehicles will use the tunnels to shuttle visitors to the centre to their desired stop.
The loop will open in January. Yet Musk doesn’t want to stop at the convention centre project. For the Loop the multi-billionaire entrepreneur has a much bigger scale in mind.
“Boring Co will also connect Vegas hotels & airport,” Musk tweeted. “Autonomous Teslas in tunnels will provide individualised mass transit.”
Connecting the LVCC to downtown Vegas, the Strip Resorts, and McCarran International Airport will allow Musk to show the speed at which its Tesla machines would travel. A ride to the Mandalay Bay Resort from the convention centre usually takes about 30 minutes.
Musk promises his company will be able to make the journey in less than 3 minutes.
The dream is eventually to connect Las Vegas and Los Angeles through a high-speed tunnel network that would allow Tesla ‘s vehicles to demonstrate their top speeds of 155 miles per hour.
The Loop is not the only investment Musk has made in Nevada. Tesla has a “Gigafactory” at Sparks, which manufactures lithium-ion batteries, Model 3 electric motors, as well as products for energy storage.
Yet Musk indicated he could try to add even more jobs to the state , due to a run-in he had earlier this month with health officials in California.
Musk received permission from authorities in Alameda County to start manufacturing cars at the company’s Fremont factory. When health officials there approved only a small reopening, he went on social media and threatened to move headquarters for the company.
“Frankly, this is the final straw,” Musk tweeted. “Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately.”
When he went ahead with a larger-scale reopening than approved by health officials, he went to social media again and said if anybody in the matter was arrested by law enforcement, it should be him alone.
No matter the barrier, Vegas doesn’t stop. This morning, excavation was completed on the final tunnel of Elon Musk’s innovative underground transportation system beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center. The project is scheduled to debut in January 2021. #VegasMeansBusiness pic.twitter.com/HX9pSISP4w
— LVCVA (@LVCVA) May 14, 2020