Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, which has been honoring his name, has received approval to expand its tunnels in Las Vegas. The expansion will take the Las Vegas loop to the city limits.
The Boring Company envisions a final network of tunnels under the most congested areas of Las Vegas that will stretch 54.7 kilometers and have more than 55 stations, as presented by the Executive Director of Infrastructure of Las Vegas, Mike Janssen , in a city council meeting Yesterday. Janssen stated that he has been working with The Boring Company on this project and further said that some of these stations would include commonly visited Las Vegas locations such as Harry Reid Airport and Allegiant Stadium. Janssen said the Boring Company will not rely on taxpayer funds for the project and will instead finance the project with its own money and that of any private owner willing to pay for a station.
“Thank you to the entire City of Las Vegas team! Great discussion today. [The Boring Company] is excited to be able to build a safe, convenient and incredible transportation system in the city”, the company tweeted.
The Boring Company first received a permit in December 2020 to start the project Vegas Loop. In October 2021, the company received approval for the first version of the loop, which was originally scheduled to be just 46 km long. The purpose of yesterday’s hearing was to approve the Updated Monorail Agreement (The Boring Company calls its tunnels “monorail tunnels”), and the agreement is non-exclusive, meaning that any other monorail from any other transportation agency may be built in Las Vegas for the next 50 years.
The Boring Company opened a pilot tunnel in the Las Vegas Convention Center which made a 25-minute walk across campus a 2-minute drive. While that efficiency is impressive, visitors who tested the tunnel at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2022 weren’t impressed. Electrek reported that the vehicles only traveled to 56 kilometers per hourinstead of the 250 km per hour that the company had imagined. Additionally, videos and tweets compiled by Mashable and originally posted by those who used the tunnels at the trade show showed a traffic jam. claustrophobic in the narrow tunnel.
I’m a huge fan of public transportation, but it seems like The Boring Company is reinventing the wheel. It is clear that the United States was not particularly interested in financing public transportation in its heyday, opting instead for a car-based society. But The Boring Company has strayed far from its high ambitions of 2017and as much as the company wants to say that its tunnels are not a subway, they are just a subway.