He created the Boring Company to follow its transit vision. One of his projects, which contains two one-kilometer-long tunnels in Las Vegas, was completed last month. When it opened for business in January 2021, little of the original vision came true. Passengers will enter Tesla – operated by another man rather than riding an autonomous sled – and will drive at a top speed of 35 miles per hour, according to the Las Vegas Convention, CEO Steve Hill.
The system will rely on Tesla’s 3s and Xs models. A tram built on a Model 3 chassis carrying 12-16 passengers could be introduced later, according to Hill. He expects the vehicles to eventually drive autonomously, once they are proven to be safe. Hill said he wasn’t sure how long it would take.
Boring and a Musk representative did not respond to CNN Business’s requests for comment.
The recently completed tunnels can eventually expand across greater Las Vegas, providing excursions between casinos, resorts, residential neighborhoods, a sports stadium and an airport. Two resorts, Wynn Las Vegas and Resorts World Las Vegas, submitted expansion plans to local authorities for approval this month. Both are about a mile from the Convention Center.
Construction could begin later this year, pending approval. The companies will be affordable, says a spokeswoman for Resorts World Las Vegas, which is set to open in the summer of 2021. No further details of the proposed expansion have been released.
Hill said tickets will cost $ 3 to $ 5, making them more expensive than a bus ticket. An individual bus ride to Las Vegas can cost three or less dollars, and a monthly bus ticket can be $ 65.
Boring has released a map of ways the loop could be extended further, with another 27 delays in Las Vegas and an extension to Los Angeles. However, that proposal has yet to leave the drawing board. For now, it just seems to be a proposal without a Las Vegas application.
McCarran International Airport spokesman said nothing formal was being done for any new airport connections to the Strip or convention centers. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman declined to comment on the story.
While the reality at this point doesn’t match Musk’s initial vision, Las Vegas leaders are excited about the potential expansion, which they see as a cost-effective way to improve local transportation.
“We inspected the subway systems, we inspected the monorails, we inspected the light rail,” Hill said. “It’s not because we didn’t mean anything. Either we don’t have room for it or we can’t afford it.”
A monorail, for example, can cost $ 100 million a mile, he said. Boring has not asked for public funding and thinks it could drastically reduce tunneling costs.
Meanwhile, apart from Las Vegas, some of Boring Loop’s other projects are slowly moving forward. If completed, they would operate at lower speeds, with a limit of 155 mph.
One example of his project between DC and Baltimore is under environmental supervision, according to a spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration. The federal government’s website that monitors the issuance of permits for infrastructure projects described that the review was completed by the end of 2019. A spokesman declined to say why the review appears to have been delayed.
If the Boring company is approved to move forward with DC into the New York Hyperloop project, the winding route of the project south of Baltimore would be technically unrealistic to maintain projected high-speed Muska, said Christian Claudel, a professor of engineering at the University of Texas-Austin who advised students on the Hyperloop project. Given how sharp the curves are on the project map, G forces would be too intense for even fighter pilots, he said.
But there is still a lot of interest in Vegas to see what the Boring Company can pull off if it expands.
“From my feeling, it’s just a matter of time,” said Jeremy Aguero, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Stadium Board. “The world of opportunity is significant to Southern Nevada, and probably beyond.”