Las Vegas has moved nearer to realising Elon Musk’s People Mover transport system for the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC).
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has approved a $48.6m contract with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company (TBC) to design and construct a People Mover for the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC) able to carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles via a loop of underground express-route tunnels.
“Las Vegas will continue to elevate the experience of our visitors with innovation, such as with this project, and by focusing on the current and future needs of our guests,” said Steve Hill, LVCVA CEO and President.
The contract highlights three underground passenger stations, a pedestrian tunnel and two vehicular tunnels, with an expected total length of one mile. Other essential system components include:
• An elevator/escalator system for passenger access to each station
• Pedestrian entrances, exits, coverings from the elements and landscaping
• Tunnel lighting, power and video surveillance systems
• A fully equipped control room
• Cell phone, Wi-Fi, intercom/PA, remote data and ventilation/life safety systems.
“The Boring Company is excited to contribute to the future of Las Vegas, and work with leaders who have a vision for transportation,” said TBC President Steve Davis.
The LVCVA’s approval of the TBC contract is a result of a multi-step process that started in 2018 with a request for information to gauge interest.
The loop will be designed to handle at least 4,400 passengers per hour and is scalable depending on LVCC attendance.
The tourism industry continues to be crucial to Southern Nevada’s economy generating $60bn in total economic impact, supporting approximately 383,000 jobs and $16.4bn in local wages and salaries. These jobs represent 39% of Southern Nevada’s total workforce.