Elon Musk sees peo­ple-mov­ing Las Ve­gas tun­nel open­ing in 2020

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San Fran­cisco, US - A nearly mile-long tun­nel in Las Ve­gas meant to show­case a ‘traf­fic bust­ing’ al­ter­na­tive for over­crowded cities should be com­pleted next year, in­no­va­tive en­tre­pre­neur Elon Musk said on Twit­ter.

The peo­ple-mov­ing tun­nel is be­ing built by The Bor­ing Com­pany, one of sev­eral fu­ture-ori­ented en­ter­prises founded by Musk, along with the Tesla elec­tric-car com­pany and SpaceX, which de­vel­ops launch ve­hi­cles.

The bil­lion­aire tweeted that ‘Bor­ing Co is com­plet­ing its first com­mer­cial tun­nel in Ve­gas, go­ing from Con­ven­tion Cen­ter to Strip’.

In a sec­ond tweet he said it would be ‘hope­fully fully op­er­a­tional in 2020’.

The Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter is a sprawl­ing com­plex be­ing fur­ther en­larged - the 1.3km tun­nel would fa­cil­i­tate travel within the cen­tre and to the city’s fa­mous Strip, where many of its ma­jor ho­tels and casi­nos are lo­cated.

Las Ve­gas of­fi­cials se­lected The Bor­ing Com­pany in March to de­sign, build and man­age twin tun­nels ca­pa­ble of trans­port­ing pas­sen­gers in small, au­tonomous ve­hi­cles, each hold­ing eight to 16 pas­sen­gers.

Musk has long ad­vo­cated a fu­tur­is­tic un­der­ground train sys­tem, called the Hyper­loop, that would al­low pas­sen­ger cap­sules on Tesla-built chas­sis to move through low-pres­sure tubes at high speeds.

He as­pires even­tu­ally to build such a sys­tem link­ing Wash­ing­ton and New York along the busy US North­east cor­ri­dor; he has also pro­posed projects for Chicago and Los Angeles.

Musk’s com­pany last year showed re­porters a new test tun­nel in Cal­i­for­nia, but Las Ve­gas is Bor­ing’s first pay­ing cus­tomer.

The cost of the tun­nel, orig­i­nally es­ti­mated to be as low as US$35mn, has since risen to US$52.5mn, ac­cord­ing to the Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal.


Elon Musk speaks dur­ing an un­veil­ing event for the Bor­ing Co Hawthorne test tun­nel in Hawthorne, Cal­i­for­nia, US on December 18, 2018

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