Elon Musk’s Boring Company may work up a deal to construct and operate a “people mover” for the Las Vegas Convention Center. Theoretically, it would shuttle people in autonomous electric vehicles at rather high speeds in underground tunnels.
The deal, of course, is not official. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority recommended that the Boring Company be chosen, though the LVCVA board will vote March 12 on whether to approve the recommendation.
The design would be initially focused on the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is currently going through an expansion – expected to be complete before CES 2021, as TechCrunch reports. Once completed, the Las Vegas Convention will span nearly 200 acres. According to the LVCVA’s estimates, people would travel two miles from one end to the other by simply walking the facility, which is what prompted officials to find a transportation solution.
Company president Steve Davis says if approved, the initial phase of the Boring Company system could well be in use within one year. Later in time, the project could even connect downtown, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor and McCarran International Airport.
LVCVA began the process in 2018 with a request for information and an official request for proposal. LVCVA reports that its evaluation team, consisting of representatives from the LVCVA, private organizations and automated people-mover construction and operations industries, conducted interviews with the qualified respondents, which resulted in the recommended company.