The Boring Company has received approval to move ahead with the construction of an underground connection at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV, KVVU TV in Las Vegas, NV reported.
The company owned by Elon Musk has already has spent about a year drilling the $52.5 million Convention Center people mover, which has three stations along parallel 1.6-km (1-mile) tunnels connecting exhibit halls and parking at the conference facility just east of the Strip.
It is expected to open by the end of the year to provide trips of less than two minutes for conventioneers in 16-passenger Tesla vehicles. The convention authority plans to make trips free.
On Oct. 22, the Clark County Stadium Authority approved a land use application for 3333 Al Davis Way submitted by Musk’s Boring Company.
The Boring Company wants to widen its scope and build a people mover tunnel system beneath the Las Vegas Strip in a project dubbed the “Vegas Loop.”
It would drill underground from downtown Las Vegas, beneath the Las Vegas Boulevard resort corridor to the newly opened Allegiant Stadium, a distance of about 11.25 km (7 miles), according to a presentation to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).
A connection to McCarran International Airport is also being considered, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The Associated Press reported that no cost projections were disclosed by LVCVA CEO Steve Hill and Boring Co. President Steve Davis. But they said taxpayer dollars would not be used and passenger stations would be paid for by property owners.
They said the company is seeking a city permit and will submit plans to Clark County.
The concept includes a loop of about 24.15 km (15 miles), with perhaps 50 stations where passengers would board self-driving electric Tesla vehicles. Passenger fares have not yet been determined.
The Boring Company will have to obtain building permits to proceed with expanding its underground transportation system.
Davis and Hill have in the past floated the idea of a wider transit system similar to the Convention Center project that would be built and operated as a commercial venture by Boring, the Review-Journal reported. The system would function as an underground ride-hailing system with passengers taken point-to-point to destinations, instead of a subway system with station stops.