Initial efforts are under way to expand Elon Musk’s Las Vegas passenger tunnel project to the city's resort corridor and downtown.
Musk’s Boring Co. is finishing its first tunnels beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center, where passengers will be whisked between exhibit halls via Tesla vehicles when the $52-million project is completed early next year. The vehicles will have autonomous capability but will use drivers as well.
A land use application for expanding what’s being called the Vegas Loop system has been filed with the city, said Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which owns and manages the convention center.
During an Oct. 14 convention authority meeting, Hill also said that a similar application would be submitted to Clark County, the municipal government entity in charge of the Las Vegas Strip.
A spokesman for the city said the Vegas Loop application will become public in early November when it is published as part of the city Planning Commission agenda for its Nov. 10 meeting.
No information on schedule or cost was released. Hill and Boring Co. President Steve Davis declined additional comment.
Earlier this year Hill said the plan has long been to expand the system beyond the convention center.
“We hope to see that expand into both the resort corridor and then out into the community,” Hill told a transportation forum in January. “We see this as a great opportunity for Las Vegas—but really a great opportunity for a number of cities across the country—to solve congestion problems and do it in a very affordable way.”