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Musk's Boring Company tipped for Las Vegas tunnel

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Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has been tipped to build a 1.6km long underneath the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Nevada, US.

USA Today has reported that The Boring Company is being recommended to build a 1.6km long people mover system underneath the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

The pair of tunnels, costing between US$35M (£26.6M) to US$55M (£41.8M) , would speed convention attendees to different stations in Tesla electric vehicles or 16-passenger pods, USA Today reported.

“I think it provides a great experience for our customers and has the opportunity (to be) an attraction in and of itself,” Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) CEO Steve Hill told USA Today.

Hill is making the recommendation to the centre’s board.

The project would be due to be completed by 2021 as part of a US$1.4bn (£1.1bn) expansion of the convention centre.

USA Today said that both The Boring Company 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.

Hill continued: When “you see they are sending spaceships up to meet the International Space Station, (it) gives you confidence they can produce a tunnel,”

The Boring Company president Steve Davis said the convention centre tunnels would be built using the company’s faster drilling techniques. Instead of just being hauled away, dirt from the site would be turned into bricks that can be sold or given away.

Davis also said he also likes that the tunnelling will be part of a larger project with a definitive timeline: “We are thrilled to be part of that and it makes the timeline very, very clear,” he said.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors centre will span about 80.1ha after the five-year expansion and hosts more than 1M visitors a year.

Last month Musk tweeted that the Boring Company’s second generation hybrid tunnel boring machine, Line-Storm, would be operational “in a month or so” and in January Musk said it would cost $1bn (£557M) to bore a tunnel through the Blue Mountains in Australia.

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