A project that could herald urban transportation of the future will begin at Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) sometime this month.
The specialized drill from Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, currently in wait 40 ft. underground, will begin tunneling a two-loop system, slated for completion in January 2021. The tunnels will use high-occupancy, autonomous electric vehicles to transport up to 16 passengers at speeds of up to 155 mph.
Currently, walking from New Exhibit Hall to North/Central Hall takes about 15 minutes: The same trip will take about one minute on the LVCC Loop.
Potential future extension of the route could offer the same weather-proof, traffic-proof transportation to hotels on The Strip, McCarran International Airport (LAS) and eventually to Los Angeles.
Convention Center Expansion 50% Complete
The futuristic people-mover is just one reason for LVCVA to celebrate, as at the end of October, it reached the half-completion mark of an ambitious 1.4 million-square-foot expansion of the convention center. The expansion is expected to be completed in December 2020. Phase 3, renovation of the existing convention center, will begin in summer 2021, with plans to stagger construction to ensure there will be no disruption to shows and events until the project is completed in 2024.
Las Vegas has been named the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 25th consecutive year, by Trade Shows Network. With convention attendance up 4.9 percent this September compared with 2018, the multilevel project is expected to help the U.S. City of Lights retain the accolade and pursue further business opportunities.
LVCVA CEO Steve Hill shared his vision: “This expansion and renovation is our commitment to our clients and our community, to foster growth and continue to deliver the excellent service and amenities that have made Las Vegas the world’s premier destination.”