The traffic problem in Las Vegas might soon come to an end. Elon Musk recently tweeted the city’s first tunnel transportation project from The Boring Co. will “hopefully [be] fully operational in 2020.”
Hopefully fully operational in 2020
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 28, 2019
According to Elon, the high-speed transit tunnel is being built under the Las Vegas Conventional Centre (LVCC) and will be up and running from 2020.
LVCC Loop from The Boring Co.
The Boring Company initially started a joke tweet, back in 2016. Musk, stuck in a long traffic jam in Los Angeles, tweeted that he will build a big boring machine and start digging underground tunnels for a faster commute.
The idea is to use automated pods aka compatible autonomous electric vehicles (AEVs) that can transport a group of people along the system’s rails at speeds ranging between 124 mph and 155mph.
The LVCC loop has been the main target of the Boring Company. According to the project page, a typical walk that usually takes 15 minutes will only take 1 minute with the LVCC loop.
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The question is when?
Since the Hawthorne Test Tunnel announced in December 2018, Musk and The Boring Company hasn’t really talked about when the public would actually be able to ride in the underground hyperloop transit.
At first, Elon promised the Las Vegas tunnel to be operational by the end of 2019. However, the company didn’t start digging until this November.
Interestingly, Elon Musk’s current deadline also differs from the November’s announcement of finishing the tunnel in time for the Consumer Electronics Show [CES] in January 2021.
The spokesperson for Vegas convention center told CNN Bussiness that the tweet from Elon Musk is in accordance with the “anticipated timeline for development.”
“We just broke ground mid-November and have its anticipated completion for the CES 2021 show.” said the spokesperson.
Once the LVCC loop is finished, the Boring Company will start off with building more tunnels in Las Vegas. It has also planned several other tunnels in Chicago and Washington DC.