The Boring Company (TBC) has taken another step towards building a large-scale passenger transportation system under Las Vegas. After the county, where most of the planned route is located, the city of Las Vegas itself has now also approved. There, the city center must be connected to the tunnels, and the city council has now unanimously approved it, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. According to this, about eight of the 55 kilometers of tunnels must be run within the Las Vegas city limits and there should be at least five stops in Las Vegas. Most of the route will be along the Las Vegas Strip, which is not part of the city itself.
“Still far away”
After city council approval, two of the eight passes in total on the way to the planned Vegas Loop have been completed, the paper said, citing Boring boss Steve Davis. Now you can focus on the necessary on-site permits and other contracts. There is still a long way to go, but he assumes that the first machines will be able to start digging the next tunnel next year. The construction of the tunnel system is to be financed entirely privately, according to the company no public funds will be used. The Boring Company wants money from the big hotels on the Strip to plug them into the system. Once the path is finished and in use, the franchise fees are due to the municipalities.
The first section of the planned “Vegas Loop” was put into operation a year ago. There are three stops on the 1.3-kilometer route, and passengers are transported by Tesla vehicles. However, they do not drive autonomously, but depend on someone behind the wheel and only drive at the local maximum speed of around 55km / h. Also, plant reports and pictures are still not good publicity for the plant; there was a lot of malice about an underground traffic jam, for example. Boring founder Elon Musk presented the system as the future of local public transportation and was thrilled with the self-driving Tesla-filled tunnels traveling up to 250km / h. This is currently not in sight. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 700,000 people have walked the loop so far.
(Bild: The Boring Company)