Elon Musk’s Tunnel Project is Underway at Las Vegas Convention Center

When we broke the news Elon Musk would drill a transportation tunnel in Las Vegas, there seemed to be more skeptics than believers.

Now, many of the skeptics have gone quiet because tunneling has started on the $52.5 million underground tram system.

Elon Musk tunnel Las Vegas

Of course, we’ve got pics. You know the drill.

This is the first commercial project for Elon Musk’s Boring Company.

The people-mover will span a distance of about one mile (.8 miles to be precise), and will be 40 feet underground. We got to go down and check it out, because that’s how we roll. Props to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority for the invitation despite our having spoiled their Elon Musk surprise.

Elon Musk tunnel Las Vegas

Here’s a close-up peek at the teeth of the beast.

The Boring Company engineers say they expect to tunnel 100 feet a day.

The tunnel will have a 12 foot inner diameter and host autonomous shuttle that could travel up to 155 miles per hour, which is sort of overkill for a one-mile stretch, so they’ll typically go 35-40 m.p.h.

Each vehicle will hold between three and 16 people, depending upon whether they’ve visited a buffet recently.

Las Vegas Convention Center Loop

Here’s the tunnel route. They landed on “Design Option 2” from what we hear.

As a comparison, it takes about 30 minutes to walk from one end of the Las Vegas Convention Center to the other. That’s about an hour for us, as we tend to dawdle.

Now, the trip from one end of the Las Vegas Convention Center to the other will take less than two minutes.

If all goes as planned, Elon Musk’s tunnel will transport 4,400 people an hour, the vast majority of whom will be wearing lanyards.

Elon Musk tunnel LVCVA

These pieces are used as tunnel lining. We know this because we take meticulous notes and also it says so on the sign.

The underground tunnel system is expected to open in January 2021, in time for a big-ass convention, CES (Consumer Electronics Show).

The Las Vegas Convention Center is in the throes of a $935 million expansion, and it looks pretty awesome.

Las Vegas Convention Center expansion

Curves in all the right places.

While conventions are pretty much the most boring (like you didn’t see that coming) aspect of Las Vegas, the Elon Musk tunnel system and convention center expansion are pretty sexy developments.

We’ll keep an eye on Elon Musk’s people-mover, and can’t wait to take a ride on what we suspect will be a popular new Las Vegas attraction.

17 thoughts on “Elon Musk’s Tunnel Project is Underway at Las Vegas Convention Center

  1. Johnny T

    OK, the tunnel goes one mile. From WHERE to WHERE?
    A map showing the route would be nice.
    They need multiple tunnels. like from
    (a) the airport to mid Strip.
    (b) And, from the Raiders Stadium to somewhere on the Strip.
    (c) And, Mid Strip to Downtown.

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    1. John

      Below is what the article stated as to the location of the tunnel.

      As a comparison, it takes about 30 minutes to walk from one end of the Las Vegas Convention Center to the other. That’s about an hour for us, as we tend to dawdle.

      Now, the trip from one end of the Las Vegas Convention Center to the other will take less than two minutes.

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      1. Fiorina

        the las vegas strip is around 4 miles long, so this isnt going from one end to the other.

        dont see the purpose of a 0.8 mile long train ride…are people that fat and lazy that they cant walk?!??

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        1. George

          why’s everyone so cranky? it’s a massive convention center and will speed transportation throughout the facility while lessening crowding in corridors… I’m sure if successful they could extend it to adjacent hotels or tie it into the LV monorail system at an existing station…

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          1. alex

            Cranky (or worse) seems to be the de facto state of mind for people on the internet, George. It’s almost like people enjoy feeling aggrieved over things that have zero impart on their own lives.

            Frankly, I don’t get why anyone would get upset over something like this project. As you note, the Las Vegas Convention Center is massive. And, it is responsible for a staggering amount of tourism dollars to the area. Spending some money to make it more efficient seems like a wise move.

            Plus, I think Jon Hansen is correct. This project is likely to be seen as a proof-of-concept on Musk’s new transportation “invention”.

  2. Allen

    There’s been a construction permit sign by the back of Mandalay for a few weeks. It has the Boring Co. name on it.
    Obviously Elon Musk is exploring the idea of digging a tunnel from Mandalay to Allegiant Stadium.

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  3. Boulder Steve

    Nice but i don”t see the big deal. Its just a really just short subway. Let me know if they build one to the airport or downtown. That would be a game changer

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  4. DeMango

    Google Chinese maglev. What everybody needs at 360 mph or so. Unbuilt train from LA already obsolete. Smaller version needed replacing monorail. That’s the future!

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  5. Al Einstein

    So how does a bullet shuttle, 40 feet under ground, ( I assume you have to take an escalator to get to the station, unless there is a fast slide to the basement) that has to decelerate, unload, load , and accelerate at four or five stations go .8 miles in less than two minutes? Teleportation? And the g forces around that bend?

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      1. Cet

        Good maybe you will actually take time to vet your sources, instead of just running with what you hear.

        Unless you get it from Derek, chances are it isn’t correct.

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