[REGIONAL NEWS] Giant tunnels underneath Las Vegas? Elon Musk wants them, and so does the city

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., arrives in a modified Tesla Model X electric vehicle during an unveiling event for the Boring Co. Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, Calif., Dec. 18, 2018. /Photo: Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images

 

By Chris Woodyard | USA TODAY

A billionaire entrepreneur who has never feared placing big bets, Elon Musk couldn’t have found a more fitting city for his tunneling outfit’s next project: Las Vegas.

Musk’s The Boring Co. is being recommended to build a mile-long people mover system underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center, it was announced Wednesday. A pair of tunnels, costing $35 million to $55 million, would speed conventioneers to different stations in Tesla electric vehicles or 16-passenger pods.

“I think it provides a great experience for our customers and has the opportunity (to be) an attraction in and of itself,” said Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. He is making the recommendation to the center’s board.

The project would be due to be completed by 2021 as part of a $1.4 billion expansion of the convention center. Both Boring Co. and LVCVA officials hope that if the project is a success, it could lead to more tunnels around the city to relieve traffic congestion on the Las Vegas Strip or provide an alternative route to McCarran International Airport.

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