He created the Boring Company to continue the vision of passage. One of his works, which has two one-mile-long tunnels in Las Vegas, was completed last month. When it opens for business in January 2021, little of the original vision will have been realized. Passengers will enter a Tesla – piloted by another man, instead of being transported on their own – and will be driven at a top speed of 35 miles per hour, according to Las Vegas Assembly CEO and Visiting Authority Steve Hill.
The system will be based on the Tesla 3s and Xs models. A tram built on a Model 3 chassis carrying 12-16 passengers can be imported later, according to Hill. He expects the vehicles to eventually drive autonomously once they turn out to be safe. Hill said he wasn’t sure how long it would take.
The boring company and a Musk representative did not respond to requests for comment from CNN Business.
The recently completed tunnels may eventually be extended to the larger Las Vegas area, providing travel between casinos, resorts, residential neighborhoods, a sports field and the airport. Two resorts, Wynn Las Vegas and Resorts World Las Vegas, submitted expansion plans to local government for approval this month. Both are about 1.6 km away. From the Conference Center.
Construction could begin later this year, pending approval. Tickets will be available, according to a Resorts World Las Vegas spokesman, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2021. No further details have been released on the proposed extension.
Hill said tickets would cost from $ 3 to $ 5, making them more expensive than a bus ticket. Travel by bus can be $ 3 or less in Las Vegas and a monthly bus pass for $ 65.
The boring company has released a map of how Loop could be further expanded, with 27 more stops in Las Vegas and an expansion in Los Angeles. However, this proposal has not yet been dropped. So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, which is not strange.
A spokesman for McCarran International Airport said nothing official was ready for new airport connections to the Strip or conference centers. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman declined to comment on the story.
While the reality at this point does not correspond to Musk’s original vision, Las Vegas leaders are excited about a possible expansion, which they see as a cost-effective way to improve local transport.
“We looked at metro systems, we looked at one-way railways, we looked at the light rail,” Hill said. “It’s not because we haven’t thought about anything. It’s either we don’t have the space for it or we can’t stand it.”
A monorail, for example, can cost $ 100 million a mile, he said. The boring company has not asked for public funding and believes it could dramatically reduce the cost of the tunnel.
Meanwhile, in addition to Las Vegas, some of Boring Company Loop’s other projects have progressed slowly. If completed, they would operate at lower speeds, with a maximum of 155 mph.
For example, his work between DC and Baltimore is under environmental scrutiny, according to a Federal Highway Administration spokesman. A federal government website monitoring the approval of infrastructure projects described the review as completed by the end of 2019. The spokesman declined to say why the review appears to be delayed.
If the company gets tired of deciding to go DC to New York Hyperloop, the curved route south of Baltimore will make it technically unrealistic to keep high-speed Musk views, according to Christian Claudel, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University. of Texas-Austin who has advised students on a Hyperloop program. Given how intense the curves on a project map are, the G forces would be too strong for even fighter pilots, he said.
But in Vegas, interest remains high to see what the boring company can achieve if it expands.
“In my opinion, it’s a matter of time,” said Jeremy Aguero, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Stadium Authority. “The world of potential is important to South Nevada and beyond.”