Attendees will soon have the chance to travel around Las Vegas Convention Center at warp speed—or it’ll feel like it, anyway, compared to the long walks of yesteryear. In June, when the convention center welcomes World of Concrete, its first major convention, the Elon Musk’s first-ever underground transportation solution will be operating.
Meeting professionals will traverse the convention center’s 200-acre campus 40 feet underground in Tesla’s all-electric vehicles. “We are excited to have partnered with Elon’s company to bring this transportation first to our valued convention customers,” says Steve Hill, president and CEO of LVCVA. “The expanded Loop system, when developed, will be a game-changer and a new must-experience attraction for our visitors.”
Musk’s The Boring Company created two one-way, 0.8-mile tunnels and three passenger stations, connecting the main convention center to the 1.4-million-square-foot West Hall expansion. The transportation system will allow up to 4,400 attendees to traverse the convention center in under two minutes. “Vehicles have capacity to go 150 mph but will travel at 35 to 40 mph due to the short distance of the tunnels. The system will be staffed with drivers initially, with the plan to operate them autonomously in the future,” according to a press release.
There are also plans to expand further throughout the resort corridor, known as the Vegas Loop, easing traffic congestion and offering a new way to transport as far as downtown Las Vegas, throughout the Strip, to Allegiant Stadium and, ultimately, to McCarran International Airport (LAS).
“We’re grateful to LVCVA and all local stakeholders for providing us the opportunity to construct our first commercial project in one of the world’s most dynamic destinations,” says Steve Davis, president of The Boring Company. “We are proud to have developed and delivered an exciting transportation solution to the Las Vegas Convention Center.”